There's a new store opening at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport that'll have a nonprofit component. Called The Bridge News and Convenience, it'll be an airport concession that not only sells souvenirs and items to travelers, it'll also create jobs, fund services, and improve community for local homelessness nonprofits.
The store is a partnership between The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center in Dallas and Presbyterian Night Shelter's Upspire in Fort Worth with R.S. Harris LLC and Gideon Toal Management. According to a release, it'll open in spring 2023.
Throughout the seven-year contract, five percent revenue shared by The Bridge and Presbyterian Night Shelter is expected to generate an estimated $200,000 for The Bridge.
A licensing fee for use of The Bridge brand will fund the homeless recovery support network in the Dallas area to help people get back on their feet.
Upspire, a Fort Worth-based Presbyterian Night Shelter Enterprise will provide staff through its workforce program that helps individuals facing barriers to employment.
In a statement, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson says that this creative partnership will give a boost to one of the city’s most important homelessness services centers.
"I hope this concept serves as a model for how we can help move Dallas forward while helping us serve the most vulnerable people in our city, and I look forward to shopping there before my flights out of the second-busiest airport in the world, DFW International Airport," Johnson says.
The Bridge Travel Essentials store in DFW airport will be an 800-square-foot storefront, showcasing the region by highlighting partnerships with local markets and up-and-coming businesses. Merchandise will include travel and souvenir needs, grab and go snacks, personal care items, and local memorabilia.
The Bridge president and CEO Dr. David Woody, III says that this has been in the works for nearly two years.
"The Bridge Travel Essential Store in Terminal A at DFW Airport will provide a medium for communicating The Bridge brand and marvelous social impact model of homeless recovery to literally the world, while also establishing a revenue stream to help offset operating expenses through the partnership with Gideon Toal Management and R.S. Harris LLC," Woody says. "We look forward to pursuing opportunities to grow this unique business, social entrepreneurship, and revenue building model, while continuing work with The Bridge Guests, and facilitating their recovery from homelessness.”