BISNOW: Airport Retail Boom Fueled by Celebrity Chefs, Local Businesses

BISNOW's Chuck Sudo examines how airport retailers are realizing formerly untapped potential in upgrading concessions.

“The international terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport used to be a concessions wasteland of fast food, a newsstand and not much else. Until 2011, when Westfield started a three-year, $26M renovation program that nearly doubled the terminal’s retail footprint to 30K SF and added 24 new retail and dining offerings, including a quick-service sandwich concept from James Beard award-winning chef Rick Bayless and five different restaurants from James Beard award-winning restaurateur Rich Melman. The windfall: an 82% increase in retail sales.”

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