John Glenn Columbus International Airport wants to give small, local businesses an opportunity to set up shop at the airport.
The airport is putting up kiosks in each of its three terminal concourses and is looking for vendors to occupy them.
Each terminal will have one vendor. The deadline to apply is Jan. 27. The airport’s goal is to pick the businesses in April and have them open in May.
Airport spokeswoman Connie Tracy said the program is a way to showcase local products and culture.
“It just gives small, local businesses an opportunity to operate in the terminal, to sell their products made locally,” she said.
Jimmy Mitchell, owner of J Mitchell’s Spices & Sauces, is interested in applying to operate a kiosk. Mitchell, who sells his products in three area stores, sees a kiosk as a way to boost his business.
“Spices and sauces are good products,” he said.
For travelers, the new businesses would offer something different to buy at the airport that they can to give to friends and family when they get home, he said.
“They’re buying different gifts to take back to whatever city, state and country they’re coming from,” Mitchell said.