If you have recently flown out of the San Diego airport, chances are your retail and food selections were very slim. Earlier this year, all vendors were closed down in preparation for the long awaited airport expansion. Luckily, an abundant number of new restaurants and stores are set to open in the upcoming months. As part of the airports $1 billion “Green Build” expansion, the number of vendors will expand from 55 to 87.
With a strong focus on local businesses, the airports Concession Development Program decided to sign leases with locally known San Diego establishments. Even a number of La Jolla businesses have made their mark. From our famous seafood to Mexican flavors, the airport has San Diego’s wide range of culinary tastes covered. Restaurants include Phil’s BBQ, Saffron, Pacifica Restaurant, Stone Brewing Company, Emerald Express, Jack In The Box, and Bankers Hill Restaurant & Bar. Your favorite restaurants in La Jolla that can also be enjoyed at the airport include Pannikin Coffe & Tea and Garden by Tender Greens. Nationally established vendors include The Counter MINI, California Pizza Kitchen, Firewood Cafe, and Red Mango.
Shopping options are not to be forgotten either! Now you can buy this years fashion trends while traveling. Brooks Brothers, Swarovski, The Sharper Image, Sunglass Hut, Clinique, Duty Free Americas, and Brighton Collectibles are among the new retailers opening. La Jollas own Warwicks will be the premier bookstore for the airport. KUSI News, Bay books, Gaslamp News, 10News, CNBC News San Diego, Old Town News & Market, and Jer’s Chocolates are the local San Diego businesses opening as well. Not forgetting San Diegos world class golf courses, a PGA Tour Shop & Grill will also open focusing on fresh cuisine where you can watch golf 24/7.
Two Be Relax Spa locations will also be opening. Paying attention to time-sensitive needs, these spas will be able to supply travelers with manicures, pedicures, facials, and massages. Whether you have a 1 hour flight to Vegas or 11 hour flight to Tokyo, you can now relax and get glamorous prior to departing.
The Concession Development Program will revive the entire airports shopping and dining experience. With new openings throughout all the terminals, a notable part of the expansion is Sunset Cove. Going to be located in the newly expanded terminal 2, Sunset Cove will be home to numerous new vendors and have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the airfield. Travelers will also be happy to know that the Airport Authority is requiring vendors to comply with a strict pricing policy. This limits them to street pricing with only an additional 10%. This means customers will pay lower prices compared to other airports.
10 new gates, a dual level roadway separating arrivals and departures, 12 new security lanes, and these new concessions will make traveling in and out of San Diego easier than ever. Look out for these improvements arriving late 2013!