I'm sure I'm not the first person in the world to have come up with the idea of putting a Dollar Store in an airport
The airport doesn't want you and the rent will break you.
Instead of setting rental prices by square foot, the entities that control airport retail --- which include the Port Authority, the airlines and management firms like Hudson that act on behalf of owners --- set a base rent monthly and then increase it once retailers hit specified sales figures. Sources declined to give those base rents.
One analyst told The Real Deal that a general rule of thumb for airport-retail pricing is to add $10 to the average per-square-foot asking rent of ground-floor retail in a particular city.
High-end airport retailers bring in big bucks for owners
There are a few exceptions, but the majority of airports across the country have instituted pricing regulations. Operators are required to adhere to a fair-pricing policy to ensure that the traveling public, airport and airline employees, as well as visitors to the airport will not encounter prices that are higher than those for similar products and services outside the airport.
Background checks, employee compensation, and related issues.
Hiring employees for an airport RMU or kiosk will take longer than it would for a mall location.
Considerations include: Security badging and TSA background checks. Processing times vary by airport, but it typically takes about two weeks for each employee to be processed.
Compensation rates for airport retail employees are traditionally higher than those of mall employees.
Retailers' operating hours are based on flight activity to best service the traveling public (may be open longer than traditional malls; scheduling flexibility is key for employers and employees)
Airport retailers operate 365 days a year.
Many airports have limited on-site parking facilities for employees, so additional commuting time may be required by employees.
Shopping is at best a secondary consideration for airport visitors.
Airport shoppers may have higher stress levels due to travel anxieties and an unfamiliarity with the airport.
The customer demographic in the airport is more affluent than at malls due to the influx of business and international travelers.
Due to the fast-paced environment of the airport, many shoppers are not in the proper mindset to browse
Product sizes and quantities are major concerns for airport shoppers
Airport shoppers frequently buy gifts for those at home, so the gift market is the primary product category they seek.
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I could go on and on like this, but you get the general idea.