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Concession offerings at Dulles and Reagan National to be transformed

A wide-ranging food and retail redevelopment programme will revamp the offering at Reagan National and Washington Dulles airports over the next 30 months.

The initial phase of the programme will bring iconic restaurants Ben’s Chili Bowl and Legal Sea Foods to Reagan National and new French restaurant Bistro Atelier to Dulles by the spring of 2014.

According to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), they will join an initial slate of 25 new and redesigned offerings serving travellers at Reagan and Dulles.

It promises that "significant future announcements of new airport food and retail options" are expected as the redevelopment programme evolves further.

As part of this redevelopment, some of Reagan National’s most popular stores and eateries have been selected to enhance their airport presence. 

Brooks Brothers will remodel and enhance its location pre-security. Five Guys Burgers and Fries will also redesign and expand its location near gates 35-45, one of the busiest locations across the nationwide chain.

Dulles will add to its international flair with new food and shops, including a new Au Bon Pain restaurant and Tumi travel and business accessories, complementing its stronghold on the region’s international travel market.

The new offerings reflect an increasing passenger desire for branded retail and broader, healthier food choices at airports, says MWAA.

“This is the first phase of delivering a world-class food and retail lineup for our passengers,” claims Steve Baker, vice president for business administration of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

“We will soon begin a transformation that will culminate in the most extensive food and retail makeover in our history.

"We believe our airport offerings will leave a lasting, positive impression on travellers that make them look forward to their next flight at Reagan or Dulles.”

MWAA' food and retail redevelopment programme will occur in five phases over the next 30 months, during that time, 95% of all of the concessions will be converted or reconstructed. 

Construction will be carefully managed to have the lowest impact on airport passengers. As more than 150 new concepts are constructed, the airports authority will also add to the number and location of basic passenger services such as electrical outlets and ATMs.

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