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KCI sets public meetings to focus on concessions in new terminal

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Posted at 7:06 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 08:21:24-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The shops and restaurants throughout airport terminals are just a small glimpse of what a city has to offer.

That’s why KCI is looking at local businesses, civic and majority organizations to come and be a part of the discussion on what would be the face of Kansas City.

Through a two-week series of public discussions, local businesses are invited to attend the ‘Concessions Program’ to talk about opening up a shop, the infrastructure of the space and also ways technology can be used throughout the terminal.

“We can cluster concessions of food and beverage and news and gifts and places for a massage, or whatever,” KCI spokesman Joe McBride said. “It's wide open, so we think we have a great opportunity here to reach out and tell people what we're thinking, but also get their input on how we might move forward.”

Business owners of the Laya Center Latoyia and Joe Mays said they’ll be attending Tuesday’s meeting to learn more about ways they can participate.

“It’s all about spread the wellness,” Latoyia Mays said.

“I mean we're trying to spread wellness, at the end of the day, and also bring more light to ourselves and our business,” Joe Mays said. “At the end of the day, we feel like everyone needs what we're trying to offer so just trying to get out there and help as many people as we can.”

The Laya Center describes itself as a "New-Age Spa" that "specializes in chronic illness management & injury recovery."

The Mays said they hope to see more local shops in the new terminal.

“Kansas City people are prideful, and it's a lot of pride in the things that we do, including the businesses that we start. So we figured if they're going to open up a redo the whole airport, why not have a lot of local businesses in there that can bring more light to Kansas City as a whole?” Joe Mays said. “Especially as far as what we're about, entrpreneurship wise, and also just showing that support.”

The first meeting is Tuesday at noon at the Guadalupe Center, 1015 Avenida Cesar E Chavez, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Click here to see a full list of meeting dates, times and locations.

For up-to-date information on the KCI construction progress, go to buildkci.com.