Longtime Atlanta airport shoeshine operation Master Shine has been selected for a contract to continue shining shoes at Hartsfield-Jackson International, while a small local shoeshine firm was also selected to launch operations at the Atlanta airport.
Master Shine and Final Touch Shoes were each selected for shoeshine contracts. A larger firm from Las Vegas with national aspirations, Goodfellows Shoeshine, was disqualified from the running due to an issue with documents submitted.
It's the first time in 17 years that the Atlanta airport has contracted out the shoeshine stands. The plan is to more than double the number of shoeshine stands, and to split them between two contractors.
A Decatur resident, La Detra White, earlier this year launched an online campaign to raise donations to help Master Shine and Charles Sanders prepare proposals to compete for a contract.