The Capital Region International Airport this month o opened a 24/7, automated micromarket stocked with fresh, Michigan-made food. Market Twenty 4 Seven is in the airport’s lobby prior to security, meaning that anyone who visits the airport — even on a lunch or snack break — can access the market without going through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint.
“The Capital Region International Airport isn’t only a gateway to destinations worldwide. With new enhancements such as this 24/7 market, it’s a welcoming place for even a quick visit by locals not about to board a flight,” said John Shaski, chairman of the Capital Region Airport Authority board of directors. “These changes allow us to invite the community to spend more time at the airport, even if that day’s journey simply involves a lunch trip down the road for a convenient, healthy meal.”
The market opening comes on the heels of Capital Brewport, which opened in June. Inspired by the Lansing Brewing Co., the Capital Brewport features Lansing Brewing Co. beers and brewery-style food. The 2,300-square-foot restaurant, which seats 90, features a contemporary decor with several 55-inch flat-screen TVs for patrons and wall-to-wall windows looking out onto runways.
Upcoming construction projects include a new coffee shop featuring locally roasted coffee, updated amenities including business pods and a nursing room for mothers traveling with infants. The airport also plans to update its gate holding areas to create spaces reflecting the pride that the airport takes in being the community airport for mid-Michigan.
Tim Daman, president and CEO of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, said that the airport is a key driver of the Lansing region’s recent historic growth, and will be a vital partner as the region continues to succeed.
“With every new improvement, (the airport) becomes a stronger destination, and that’s good news for our local economy,” Daman said. “We have $3 billion in upcoming development projects in the Lansing area — we need a strong infrastructure to support our growing community, and we’re excited to see that our airport is up to the challenge.
Market Twenty 4 Seven will offer a selection of fresh food prepared daily in Michigan as well as an assortment of snacks. The market is self-scan and will allow guests to purchase items through debit card, credit card, Apple Pay or a Market card. Options will include homemade sandwiches, seasonal salads, locally made pastries, soups and more.
Based in Troy, Market Twenty 4 Seven is a division of Continental, Michigan’s largest food management company.