Westfield opens first phase of renovations in T1 at LAX

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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.”

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Helen has worked for UKi Media & Events for nearly a decade. She joined the company as assistant editor on Passenger Terminal World and since progressed to become editor of five publications, covering everything from aviation, logistics and e-commerce to meteorology. She has a love for travel and property and has redeveloped three houses in three years. When she’s not editing magazines, she’s running around after her two boys and their partner in crime, Pete the pug.

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