Officials with car rental giant Enterprise Holdings say they’re enjoying the benefits of Nashville’s tourism and travel boom. The company’s three brands — Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car — are putting up double-digit growth this year at Nashville International Airport, and plans call for Enterprise to open several more area locations to go with the 40-plus they now run.
One of those will come with a twist: This fall, Enterprise will add the Exotic Car Collection at its offices on Mallory Station in Cool Springs. The operation, which will employ a handful of full- and part-time people, will market high-end brands such as Lamborghini, Bentley, Ferrari and more. It will be just the 23rd Exotic Car Collection location in the country and only the fifth in the South, joining spots in Atlanta, Miami and Naples, Florida.
Carpenter Avionics has acquired the avionics business of Smyrna Air Center, a fixed base operator at Smyrna Rutherford County Airport. Carpenter President Mark Lee says his company has leased space inside Smyrna Air Center's facility so it has locations on the east and west sides of the airport. Lee bought the company last fall.
Husband-and-wife couple Bob and Kemberly Harris are opening a downtown Franklin store selling or renting Pedego electric bicycles. The store is located at 104 E. Main St. — which is in the footprint of the planned $80 million mixed-use Harpeth Square project — and will host an grand opening celebration April 11.
The fledgling connection between Nashville International Airport and Pikeville in Eastern Kentucky isn't delivering anywhere near the expected passenger numbers. In response, the Pikeville-Pike County Airport Board is considering putting $220,000 into a marketing campaign.
Locally based call center manager Sitel has been hired by Frontier Airlines to take over reservation phone calls from 140 workers. The move is part of Frontier's cost-cutting push. The airline last week also said it will cut a flight from Nashville to New Jersey.
Less than a year after first connecting Nashville with Trenton-Mercer Airport in New Jersey, Frontier Airlines executives on Monday said they are cutting that flight along with three other cities, effective today. A spokesman told NJBiz that "with some cities, we are still finding what works and what does not."
Executives with SeaPort Airlines say they want to increase the frequency of their flights from Tupelo to Nashville because demand is running high. SeaPort began its service two months ago with the help of federal subsidies and wants to build a more visible presence at Nashville International Airport.
The airline also is looking to move to another spot in Nashville's terminal, where it currently shares space with American Eagle.
"We're looking forward to having our own people in place," McKinney said.
Skittish investors should be taking a second look at U.S. lodging companies, Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli wrote on Monday. While noting that the industry has been booking more revenue per room in recent months, Santarelli also discounts the potential risk of Ebola or slowing global growth hurting the sector. Among the names he likes best heading into Q3 earnings season is Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center owner Ryman Hospitality Properties (Ticker: RHP), which has been flat since April.
Aircraft charter and management company AB Jets has officially established a Nashville operation, taking permanent space at Signature Flight Support at the Nashville International Airport.
The move follows the privately owned and operated company's having loosely operated from the city for the past 24 months.
AB Jets, which offers clients an A to B Jet Card for savings, recently added two Learjet 60s to its fleet of eight jet aircraft. With 24-hour operations, AB Jets customers can utilize the fleet in as little as two hours notice.
“With Nashville’s rapid economic growth, market size and centralized location, we knew this was a good fit for expanding our operations, Andrew Bettis, AB Jets founder and co-owner, said in a release. “Nashville is the hub for music, healthcare, education and tourism and we are excited to be a part of this growing city”.
Founded in 1999, AB Jets serves primarily the Southeast. It is now co-based in Memphis and Nashville.
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