Along with all the construction going on at Charleston International Airport's terminal, changes in food service and retail offerings also are on the menu.
Some well-known national and South Carolina Lowcountry brands are in the works as part of a new 10-year contract.
Caviar & Bananas, Wendy's, Charleston Beer Works and DeSano Pizza Bakery and Bar are just a few of the new food and beverage establishments hoping to land some business at the state's busiest airport.
Buffalo, N.Y.-based Delaware North, a 100-year-old family-owned hospitality and food service company, and Hudson Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of international duty-free travel retailer Dufry AG of Switzerland, recently won contracts from the Charleston County Aviation Authority to provide the services.
Other vendors coming to the airport include Harvest & Grounds Bakery & Coffee, which features Charleston-based gourmet coffee roaster King Bean Coffee Roasters, and Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Grill. Coincidentally, Nicklaus is a partner in the DeSano pizza chain. He even showed up for the opening of the company's restaurant on the upper peninsula in September.
On the retail side, Hudson Group will offer Eddie Bauer, Lowcountry Harley-Davidson, Dunkin Donuts, Tech on the Go, Discover Charleston gift shop and Veranda News, the latter in partnership with Saffron Cafe & Bakery of Charleston.
The contracts, which still must be signed, will run for 10 years beyond the date the last retail/food service location is built and occupied.
The airport's aging terminal is undergoing a $189 million makeover, which will require shifting around of food and retail offerings. More restaurants and shops will be positioned beyond the security checkpoints since passengers spend more time there in the post-9/11 world, but some retail outlets will remain in the unrestricted public area.
Construction is expected to be completed in August 2015.
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