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Published August 25, 2010, 12:00 AM

Hector gets new food options

Hector International Airport passengers will have access to alcohol and expanded food options while they wait to board flights in the post-security area, if a proposal by the Fargo airport’s new food vendor takes off.

Hector International Airport passengers will have access to alcohol and expanded food options while they wait to board flights in the post-security area, if a proposal by the Fargo airport’s new food vendor takes off.

The Municipal Airport Authority on Tuesday unanimously chose CBM Managed Services over three other vendors to take over food operations when longtime Barnstormer restaurant owner Pete Haug retires on Jan. 1.

Sioux Falls, S.D.-based CBM plans to “significantly enhance” the airport’s non-branded food and beverages with nationally branded options, including Caribou Coffee and possibly Subway, said company President and CEO Marlin Sejnoha Jr.

The family-owned company also will bring its restaurant chain, Marlin’s Family Restaurant, to the airport, as well as a bar and lounge called Red River Brewing Co., he said.

“I think we’re going to bring the level of services and the quality of offerings at the Fargo airport … well up from where it is and more on a level that would be comparable to other airports around the country of similar size,” Sejnoha said.

Airport Executive Director Shawn Dobberstein said people in the pre-security area probably won’t notice many changes other than the menu.

CBM will work with liquor licensing authorities to establish a bar on the post-security side, he said. The coffee and food options also will expand with Caribou Coffee, Subway and Marlin’s Express, a made-to-order operation, he said.

The expanded options may require converting space, which CBM would pay for, Dobberstein said.

Under CBM’s contract proposal, the airport will receive 10 percent of gross receipts on food sales and 14 percent on alcohol sales. The airport required a minimum share of 7 percent on food sales and 12 percent on alcohol sales.

Sejnoha and five siblings run the company, which has been in business 25 years. It serves more than 200 facilities such as hospitals, schools, stand-alone restaurants and correctional facilities, including the Cass County Jail.

Hector International is CBM’s second airport client, the first being Sioux Falls Regional Airport.


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