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ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- Pensacola - A battle over a ten year concessions contract at the Pensacola International Airport could come to a close as early as Thursday.
Big chain food suppliers like Chick-Fil-A and Einstein Brothers Bagels could replace the local option of "Veronas".
Chick-Fil-A, Corona Beach House, Surf City Squeeze, and two Einstein Brothers Bagels could move into the current Verona's location.
Verona's owner Robert De Verona says that would be a mistake closing his business that's served the airport since 1995.
He wants to team up with other local vendors like Fish House, Bagel Heads, and Pensacola Bay Brewery to bring more local options to the airport.
"Normally airport food isn't that good this happens to be pretty good," said David Shapiro.
This was David Shapiro's fist time eating at the airport. He says local food vendors would help preview what Pensacola has to offer.
"I prefer the local for sure. We can get plenty of that chain stuff out in the city, but here in the airport it's nice to have some local restaurants and stores," said Shapiro.
Others say bring on the name brands.
"You go with what you're comfortable with and what you know," said Becky Perkins
Concessions are one of the airports main means of profit..
If the big name stores do move in they could bring $97,000 more to the airport each year in lease fees.
OHM Concessions Group is offering to put 1.8 million into renovations to all the restaurants.
"I think if the airport seeks out the best deal that they can get with the vendors then that's what they should do,"said Alan Porter.
On Thursday city council members will vote on the contract. If the chain stores are awarded the contract construction could begin in the spring of 2014.