New lounges planned for both Sacramento International Airport terminals

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Sacramento International Airport is soliciting bids to design pay-for-entry lounges in each of its two terminals.

Customers can pay an upfront fee to use lounges offering amenities such as complimentary food and drinks service, secluded work areas, upgraded seating and a private bar, said Laurie Slothower, airport spokeswoman. Terminal A’s lounge is expected to be up to 2,151 square feet, while Terminal B’s will max out at 1,397 square feet.

Each lounge will be beyond the terminals’ Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in areas currently partially occupied by businesses with leases expiring in November 2018 or January 2019, according to a request for proposals issued Thursday.

What’s offered inside the lounges won’t be known until the winning bid is selected June 1. It’s unclear which existing businesses will be affected, but Slothower said new tenants are coming soon.

“The Department of Airports will be soliciting new retail opportunities at both terminals in the coming months,” she wrote in an email. “We wanted to offer this (lounge) amenity in both terminals to give customers a comparable service experience.”

Terminal B has nine retail outlets to Terminal A’s six. Both have nine restaurants or bars, including local eateries such as Paesano’s, Jack’s Urban Eats and Dos Coyotes. The two terminals combined to sell $35.9 million in food and beverages in the last fiscal year, an increase of nearly 13 percent from fiscal year 2016, as well as $18.5 million worth of retail merchandise, according to the RFP.

The winning bid will have to pay at least $350 worth of development per square foot, plus $40 in refurbishments per square foot after five years, and a still-to-be-determined rent. Office and storage space will be available for $39.20 per square foot annually as well.

A construction schedule and tentative opening date have yet to be determined, and Slothower declined to disclose how many bids the airport had received so far.

Applicants must submit revenue estimates for the next five years, proof of recent lounge management at other airports and a $3,000 refundable deposit. The chosen group must also submit a security deposit worth three months’ rent within 30 days of a contract being signed on June 1.

After the busiest year in airport history, the airport has more expansion plans for the rest of the decade.

One of Terminal A’s walls is likely to be knocked down to create room for two additional TSA lanes, said John Wheat, airport executive, who has discussed direct routes between Europe and Sacramento with multiple budget airlines. The airport will also offer new flights to six domestic destinations by May.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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