- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 20, 2004

Summer travelers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport are getting a taste of what’s in store for the airport with five new restaurants and cafes.

Caribou Coffee, Caffe Ritazza, Hudson News Euro Cafe, Mamma Ilardo’s and O’Brien’s Pub and Grill opened earlier this month. The new tenants are part of the food and retail overhaul the airport is set to undertake in the next two years.

BAA Maryland, a subsidiary of BAA USA, won a 10-year contract from the Maryland Aviation Administration to develop and manage 140,000 square feet of new and redeveloped concession space at the airport.

The contract ousted Bethesda-based HMSHost Corp. as the retail operator after 30 years at BWI.

BAA Maryland is in the process of attracting new shops and eateries to the airport. By late fall, travelers will begin to see construction of the airport’s permanent retail space.

The company will transform about one-third of the facilities at a time. The new concessionaires will occupy and refurbish existing units and build new stores.

“We’re committed to introducing exciting concepts and offering high levels of service to our customers throughout the transition,” said Mark Knight, president of BAA Maryland.

At least 50 companies with 100 locations will be in the airport when the project is complete, Mr. Knight said.

AuctionDrop expands

AuctionDrop, an EBay drop-off service, has gone national instantly by joining forces with UPS.

Customers can bring items to be sold on EBay to any of the 3,400 UPS Stores in the United States. The UPS Store will pack up items valued at $75 or more and ship them to AuctionDrop’s central processing plant in Fremont, Calif., at no extra cost to the consumer. AuctionDrop pays for the shipping.

At the plant, AuctionDrop takes pictures of the item, creates an EBay listing and conducts the auction. Once the item is sold, a check for the amount — minus AuctionDrop’s and EBay’s commission — is mailed to the owner.

The Washington area has about 60 UPS Stores. AuctionDrop, which has five locations in the San Francisco Bay area, has no stores locally.

Retail rummage

cH&R; Retail, a Washington and Baltimore retail real estate firm, recently brokered three major lease transactions in Maryland.

Shoppers Food Warehouse signed a lease for 67,804 square feet at the Centre at Laurel. Staples signed a lease for 19,570 square feet at the Penn Mar Shopping Center in Forestville. H&R; represented the tenant and the landlord in both transactions.

Aldi, represented by Sax Realty, signed a lease for 17,600 square feet at Liberty Court Shopping Center in Randallstown, Md. H&R; represented the landlord.

• Robeks Fruit Smoothies & Healthy Eats, a Manhattan Beach, Calif., blended-to-order smoothie chain, will open its first location in the District at 1707 L St. NW on Thursday.

This flagship store is part of an expansion in the area that includes at least 50 stores in the District, Northern Virginia and Maryland within the next five years.

Donna De Marco can be reached at 202/636-4884. Retail & Hospitality runs every other Monday.

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