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'sweeping' retail revamp planned at Washington National

Sweeping retail and F&B changes are coming to Terminal A at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport by the spring of 2015, according to the airport operator.

The changes will be the culmination of a comprehensive upgrade to the gateway, according to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).

It promises that full-service dining, publicly accessible iPads and charging stations and an expanded line-up of F&B and retail options will be part of the upgrade at the nine-gate terminal.

The redesigned Terminal A, which originally opened more than 40 years ago, will also boast the airport’s first full-service spa.

OTG and BMG have been selected to manage the Terminal A concessions development, working with MarketPlace Development, MWAA's main contractor for concessions management.

Manhatten based ICRAVE is behind the design concepts for the new-look concessions area.

MWAA's CEO, Jack Potter, says: “OTG has more than 17 years of experience in 10 airports. BMG is also an experienced operator, with food and beverage locations in New York and Boston. 

"We plan to create a food and retail experience in Terminal A featuring restaurants affiliated with well-known chefs, and we plan to engage with local community partnerships to provide experience for under-served young adults who aspire to pursue careers in culinary services.”

The new array of shops and restaurants will be a highly visible component of MWAA's ongoing programme to convert or reconstruct 95% of all Reagan National and Washington Dulles's concessions through 2015. 

The first phase of new shop and restaurant openings is expected this spring.

“It has long been the airports authority’s desire to modernise and optimise the passenger experience in Terminal A at Reagan National,” enthuses Paul Malandrino, airport manager at Reagan National.

In addition to the concessions redevelopment, the terminal is undergoing multiple structural improvements.

A lobby renovation, which includes new flooring and fixtures and allows more natural light, was completed in 2013. An expansion of security checkpoints will be completed this year.

These projects will clear the way for new shop and restaurant offerings to come soon afterward.

“We believe the new shops and restaurants will transform the terminal into a more popular destination for passengers flying at Reagan,” says Steve Baker, vice president for business administration at MWAA. 

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