( Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - The Travel Retail Business)
Development and management company MarketPlace Development reports that it has now opened more than 100 new stores and F&B outlets at both Washington Reagan National and Dulles International airports within the last 21 months.
Erwin Pearl is the latest and 100th new concession to open, comprising a fashion jewellery brand from Rhode Island which opened at Dulles on February 11 – some 21 months into the four-year programme.
Steve Baker, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Vice President for Customer and Concession Development has headed up the transformation: “From the beginning of the redevelopment, our focus has been to bring a new variety of shopping and dining options to the airports, providing our passengers with local, regional and national favorites that will enhance and highlight their time with us,” he said.
“Our passengers’ journeys begin with us and we want to make sure that beginning is a positive, memorable experience,” he added.
Paul McGinn, President of MarketPlace Development said: “Reagan National and Dulles International are gateways to our nation’s capital. It’s vital that the airport food and retail offerings express the character of the D.C. metropolitan area and fulfil the needs of the modern traveller.
Passengers at Dulles International now have a wide choice of specialty brands, including: Burberry, Montblanc, L’Occitane, Michael Kors, Swarovski, Coach, Estée Lauder/M.A.C, Kiehl’s, Thomas Pink, Tumi, Vera Bradley, Vineyard Vines, American Tap Room, &pizza, Bracket Room, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, District ChopHouse, Smashburger, D.C.’s own Chef Geoff’s, and ABC’s ‘The Chew’ host Chef Michael Symon’s Bar Symon.
Customers at Ronald Reagan National Airport can now enjoy noteworthy offerings that include: D.C.’s Ben’s Chili Bowl, Chef Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Taverna, ABC’s ‘The Chew’ host and Top Chef alumnus Carla Hall’s partnership with Page restaurant, Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s partnership with Reservoir restaurant, Legal Sea Foods, Lebanese Taverna, Taylor Gourmet, Cava Mezza Grill, American Tap Room, &pizza, Spanx, Tumi, Brighton, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste, and Vineyard Vines.
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