Retail and dining offering to be expanded at Vancouver Airport

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Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Canada, plans to introduce more than 30 new food and beverage (F&B) and retail options this summer, including several first-time appearances at the airport.

Scott Norris, vice president, commercial development, Vancouver Airport Authority, the airport operator, said, “Our vision for YVR’s commercial experience is to remain relevant and authentic, while creating an engaging environment with a balance of local and international brands.”

F&B operator SSP Canada will take responsibility for launching several new concepts that combine award-winning culinary teams with fresh, local ingredients. Offerings include:

– The Dirty Apron: This award-winning, chef-driven hometown deli will serve freshly baked breads, locally sourced seasonal produce and meats sourced from regional producers.

– Steamworks Bar & Restaurant: Whistler Brewing Lodge; and Red Truck Beer Stop. These concepts will add to YVR’s artisanal craft beer scene while also delivering a mix of traditional mountain cuisine and pub fare.

– Other additions include Heritage Asian Eatery; Left Coast Café & Bar; BUILT Custom Burgers; and Wahlburgers.

– Hawksworth Kitchen: in 2020, internationally renowned Canadian chef David Hawksworth will open his first airport location in the Domestic Terminal. The traveler friendly menu will feature farm fresh dishes including organic salads, oven-fired pizzas, house pastas and cured meats.

Tastes on the Fly, a boutique airport restaurant operator headquartered in San Francisco, is bringing a local marketplace concept to YVR called Pacific Farms Market. Inspired by British Columbia’s vibrant and high-quality food scene, this concept will be operated in both the Domestic and International Terminals.

A number of independent operators will add to the portfolio with a variety of on-the-go options including Coastal Coffee, Subway and Japadog.

“We put a lot of focus on local and authentic flavors that provide a distinct British Columbian character, while offering a variety of strong international brands,” said Norris. “We listened to feedback and this new line-up will ensure our passengers have a range of options for different tastes and price points.”

In terms of additional retail options, travel retailer Paradies Lagardère will introduce its established travel brand Relay, as well as three Vancouver-inspired travel essentials concepts. Accompanying Relay will be a full-service Illy Café, which will feature a wide variety of authentic Italian coffee, pastries and other treats.

The new offerings will complement the airport’s award-winning portfolio of more than 170 shops, services and restaurants located before and after security.

Interested in airport retail areas? Check out the ‘Commercial Development, Retail, Concessions & Media’ stream at the Passenger Terminal Conference, which takes place during Passenger Terminal Expo, on March 26, 27 and 28, 2019, in London.

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