Hopkins Lags In Retail Sales

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Hopkins International Airport was ranked near the bottom of a list ranking food and retail sales among the nation's 50 largest airports.

New airport chief John Mok said that the airport is working to change that. He said that Hopkins' concessions program is under review.

The airport's ranking was based on sales figures compiled by Airport Revenue News.

The magazine's editor, Pauline Ambrust, said that the most critical factor in airport retail is location. She said that plenty of travelers need to walk past the shops.

Hopkins earlier this month got City Council's permission to move its security checkpoints to boost sales.

Sales at Hopkins averaged $3.46 per outbound traveler last year, less than half the $8 average in Pittsburgh.

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