USA. Local and national brands are among 19 new food and retail concepts to be introduced as part of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport’s US$350 million expansion.
HMSHost joins Paradies Lagardère and Delaware North to bring new stores and food & beverage outlets to the 175,000sq ft terminal expansion project. US travel retailer AUS EJE Duty Free holds the ten-year concession to manage duty free outlets in the expanded terminal.
The scheme, which will add nine gates, increase the terminal’s size by +27% and the airport’s capacity to 15 million passengers annually, is scheduled for completion in spring 2019.
The East Terminal gate expansion will provide an additional 88,359sq ft, an increase of +29% in hold room space, concessions, restroom facilities and concourse circulation areas. There are nearly 17,000sq ft of concessions space in the terminal expansion, with retail space and amenities such as an outdoor, shaded terrace for watching planes take off and land.
HMSHost will operate Austin City Kitchen, an action food hall with a live music performance stage. It will include Austin Beer Drop, a draft beer taproom by Austin Beerworks; Hardies Fresh Food Market, a local produce and culinary souvenir shop; Noble Sandwich, a local sandwich shop; and Sushi-A-Go-Go by Kome, which will serve signature rolls, sashimi and sushi.
HMSHost will also introduce other new concepts, including 24 Diner, a comfort food menu based on the 6th & Lamar Blvd. location; Jugo Juice offering grab-and-go foods, juices, and smoothies; Parkside, a restaurant inspired by chef Shawn Cirkiel’s downtown East 6th St. location; and a Starbucks.
Paradies Lagardère will also be introducing new brands. Among these are Brighton Collections, an accessories, women’s jewellery, and handbag boutique; a CNBC news store, offering snacks, beverages and basic travel essentials; Salvation Pizza, a local New Haven-style pizza kitchen with thin, hand-pounded crusts; and The Scoreboard, an athletic retail shop.
Meanwhile, Delaware North is introducing Caffe Medici, a local speciality espresso and coffee house; Hammer Made, a men’s clothing boutique; and Toy Joy & Yummi Joy, offering toys and nostalgic candy.
There are other new concepts planned as part of the renovation and the terminal expansion. Among these are XpresSpa, a massage, spa, hair, nail care service; James Avery, offering local artisan jewellery, charms, and pendants; InMotion, a premium electronics retailer; and a duty free store (EJE Duty Free).
In addition, there are other retail and F&B venues opening in a second location inside the Texan airport, such as Barton Springs Express by Paradies Lagardère, offering travel essentials, and Austin Chronicle, an Austin-themed novelty and souvenir shop by Delaware North.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport spokesman Jim Halbrook told The Moodie Davitt Report: “The terminal expansion is a vital part of Austin’s airport expansion projects underway to keep up with current growth, prepare for future passenger increases, accommodate larger jets and expand air service for Austin.’’
It has been reported in the Austin media that airport officials are already looking at the next phase of expansion. They recently held a fourth and final public workshop on the Airport 2040 Master Plan. This could include an entirely new south terminal connected to the Barbara Jordan Terminal by a long bridge.
This next phase plan for 32 new gates and two million square feet of new terminal/remote concourse space would also include a new outdoor plaza and concession area.
Austin City Council is expected to discuss the Airport 2040 Master Plan at its 1 November meeting.
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