Airport opens first new retail shop

Low Country Harley-Davidson is the first new retail shop to open in Charleston International Airport as part of the ongoing terminal redevelopment project.

In a sign of progress on the $189 million makeover of Charleston International Airport, the first new retail store opened Tuesday.

Low Country Harley-Davidson’s new shop is between Concourse A and Concourse B near the Food Court in the post-security side of the terminal. It’s accessible only to passengers with a boarding pass.

In business for more than 30 years in the Charleston area with its main store on Dorchester Road in North Charleston, Low Country Harley-Davidson is one of several new retail stores The Hudson Group, the airport’s retail concessionaire, will open in the renovated terminal in coming months. Others include Eddie Bauer, Discover Charleston, Veranda News, Tech on the Go and Hudson News.

As part of the terminal overhaul, most retail and food concessions will be located after security where passengers can access them while they wait to board a flight.

“We are thrilled to open the first of our new retail stores,” said Hudson Group’s General Manager Renee Gatlin-Davis. “Low Country Harley-Davidson has deep roots in Charleston. We think passengers will enjoy the new store and hope everyone will stop by during their time at the airport.”

The Harley shop features an open storefront with signage set against a steel background evoking the steel of each bike. Inside, a flat screen monitor will play music and broadcast images reminiscent of the freedom and spirit of the open road that is a part of the American Harley culture and lifestyle.

The store is stocked with an array of gift items, from mugs and golf balls to a wide selection of clothing and accessories for men, women and dogs. It even includes display space for a Harley motorcycle.

The Hudson Group also operates Harley-Davidson shops in five other international airports: Kennedy, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville and Pittsburgh.

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