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Walking down parts of the concourse at Dulles International Airport these days looks more like Rodeo Drive than a place to catch a flight. Its new (grand opening was late August) luxury retail and concession upgrades are geared toward the international and business travellers who seek high-end specialty brands and upgraded dining options. MarketPlace Development and its retail partners have brought in brands like Burberry, Coach, Kiehls, L’Occitane, Estée Lauder/M.A.C, Michael Kors, Montblanc, Thomas Pink, Vineyard Vines, Vera Bradley, and more.
The much lauded retail and concessions redevelopment at Washington Dulles International is said to be part of a continuous effort to provide desirable shopping and dining options that reflect the Metropolitan region. International and domestic passengers and travelers have come to expect better brands from premier international airports. A Dulles Airport passenger, on average, has about 90 minutes of waiting time before boarding, which is the ideal time to explore the concourses and to enjoy the latest retail options, according to MarketPlace.
Development of “better brands” at Dulles International was part of an overall updating of our concessions based on passenger desires. Domestic and international passengers have come to expect an assortment of better brands as they travel the world’s airports.
When did construction begin, and when will it be completed?
The construction began in 2014 and will be complete by the end of 2017, with over 160 locations that will have been opened at Dulles International and Reagan National. The redevelopment is divided into phases, so plenty of locations are open to travelers at any given time.
What determined the type of luxury retailer that should go into the concourse?
Better brands were determined by a larger retailing planning effort [along with] a competitive assessment of brand quality, revenue potential, small business participation and appealing design.
What type of shopper do you hope to attract and why?
Our desire is to appeal to the full spectrum of our passengers, from the weekly road warriors to the luxury seekers. It’s important to offer something for everyone in the airport, especially one that flies more than seven million international passengers per year. We want Dulles passengers to incorporate airport shopping and dining into their plans the next time they travel.
Who are the new retailers and restaurants?
Washington Dulles International Airport
THE WASHINGTONIAN (2 LOCATIONS)
FORBES (2 LOCATIONS)
AMERICA (2 LOCATIONS)
CAPITAL CITY INK (4 LOCATIONS)
HUDSON (4 LOCATIONS)
STELLAR NEWS (2 LOCATIONS)
BLUWIRE (2 LOCATIONS)
FIRKIN & FOX
AU BON PAIN
STARBUCKS (4 LOCATIONS)
POTBELLY (2 LOCATIONS)
DISTRICT CHOP HOUSE
DC CRAFT & BREWS
CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL
AMERICAN TAP ROOM
DULLES GOURMET MARKET
THE KITCHEN BY WOLFGANG PUCK
Cecilia Mencia is the Editorial Manager for Posh Seven Magazine
PHOTOS BY ALEX MANGIONE AND
METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON AIRPORTS AUTHORITY
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CECILIA MENCIA is a journalist and the Editorial Manager of Posh Seven Magazine.