Left to right: Keith Kaplan, Westfield; Dell Furano, Rock & Brews; Dave Furano, Rock & Brews; Gene Simmons, KISS; Deborah Crews, Crews; Paul Stanley, KISS; Michael Zislis, Rock & Brews; Nick Buford, Crews
Retail operator Westfield has completed the first phase of its redevelopment program to rejuvenate the retail and dining offering in Terminal 1 (T1) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California, USA.
The first phase involved the opening of six new outlets, most notably a bar called Rock & Brews, developed by musicians Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from American band Kiss. Other openings included massage parlor Be Relax, fashion retailer Sol Surf, confectionery outlet Treat Me Sweet, a Brookstone gift shop, and the I Love LA travel store.
The three-phase project will eventually see 24 new retail and dining outlets open in T1 by 2018, covering a total area of 25,000ft². The project is part of a wider US$500m development program being implemented in T1 by Southwest Airlines and airport operator Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Westfield also recently completed a series of upgrades to the retail and dining areas of T2 at LAX.
Keith Kaplan, vice president – LAX, Westfield, said, “Together with Southwest Airlines and LAWA, we’re creating a new energy and vibe and a more holistic customer experience. We’re bringing the terminal to life by activating gate areas and engaging customers with a unique design, inviting sightlines and integrated dining and retail.”
John Zuzu, senior director of corporate facilities at Southwest Airlines, said, “The revitalization of T1 at LAX comes at a very exciting time for Southwest. As we continue to offer our great low fares to even more destinations for our LA-based customers, we’re proud to showcase our unrivaled hospitality through this beautiful new facility.”
Nick Buford, chief operating officer and managing partner of LA-based Crews, which operates Rock & Brews, said, “Rock & Brews brings an electrifying new attitude and vibe to customers from the minute they clear the security checkpoint. It’s amazing to watch the Terminal 1 transformation take shape. We’re proud to continue innovating the traveler experience with an exciting concept like this, and partners like Southwest, LAWA and Westfield.”