On Wednesday, the Tampa International Airport celebrated the grand opening of the three new concessions at the Tampa International Airport today celebrated the grand opening of the three new concessions at Airside C as part of the Airport’s concessions redevelopment program.

RumFish Grill, Time Zone Shades, and Starbucks are among the first wave of 65 new shops and restaurants coming to Tampa International Airport as part of the expansion.

“In a sense these three locations reflect major goals of the entire program. We’ve got local flavor with RumFish Grill, the familiar and always popular Starbucks, and Time Zone | Shades, a high-quality retail store,” Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano said. “These are wonderful dining, coffee and shopping options for our Southwest and Frontier Airlines passengers, and they’ve already been enjoying great sales in the short time they’ve been open.”

RumFish Grill, a casual dining restaurant featuring a 6-foot aquarium filled with native Florida fish, was opened by TPA Hospitality Partners. The installation of the tank, which will be maintained by the St. Petersburg-based marine research organization Secrets of the Sea.

Time Zone | Shades was opened by NewsLink of Tampa and offers popular recognizable sunglasses brands such as Ray Ban, Maui Jim and Costa, as well as a watch selection ranging from fashion brands such as Lacoste, Fossil and Diesel to more sophisticated, classic brands as Citizen and Swarovski.

The new Starbucks, operated by HMSHost, features a one-of-a-kind coffee-bean-shaped design. HMSHost is also opening several more Starbucks locations throughout the Airport, including Starbucks Reserve and Starbucks Evenings.

The three concessions are among roughly 30 expected to open this year at TPA, coinciding with the Airport’s historic expansion of its Main Terminal, a new rental car facility and a 1.4-mile automated people mover.
The new concessions redevelopment options include a wider variety of choices than ever before, including more local brands. Roughly 40 percent of the food and beverages options are local, featuring such staples as Columbia, Cigar City, Ducky’s, Buddy Brew and the Café by Mise en Place. Participation in the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) also increased from three companies to 15, bringing more woman- and minority-owned business to TPA.