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On the Fly shop opens at Salt Lake airport

Owners offer 'street price' value to travelers and those picking them up

On the Fly Urban Market plans to add call-ahead service so passengers have orders ready on arrival.
On the Fly Urban Market plans to add call-ahead service so passengers have orders ready on arrival.
Brian Nicholson, Deseret Morning News

People who are waiting to pick someone up at the airport can shop while they wait.

A new shop, in the "unsecure" terminal areas of Salt Lake City International Airport, will offer those waiting all the comforts of a 7-Eleven and more.

The On the Fly Urban Market opened in Terminal 2 last week and had its ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday. A sister shop is set to open in Terminal 1 in early to mid-December.

The market offers fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, soups, cookies, grocery items, ice cream, smoothies, salads, magazines, books, flowers, drinks, snacks and coffee from the Salt Lake Roasting Co.

The locally owned company that will run the store, Air Terminal Gifts, pledges that prices will reflect "street prices" and not "airport prices."

"We want to keep it more street-priced," said Brooke Quaintance, vice president of retail operations and business development. "When we originally started this concept we based it on other similar concepts on the street."

The company also plans to add call-ahead service so passengers heading to the airport can call in orders and have them ready when they arrive, Quaintance said.

Salt Lake City Department of Airports spokeswoman Barbara Gann said airport employees are also doing cartwheels over the new shop. Many employees aren't able to access the secure areas of the airport where there is food and beverages.

"Now we can get coffee that's not from the vending machine," she said.

The two new stores are part of the airport's massive terminal redesign that has shifted bag claim areas and widened hallways in an effort to make the airport function better. The redesign is continuing and should be finished next year.

Gann said the new stores will help the non-ticketed public, which can no longer gain access to stores and food in the post-9/11 world.

"It's an opportunity for us to serve the public in reaction to the changes that have happened in the aviation industry," she said. "There was an audience that wasn't able to access food and beverage or any of the concessions."