|New Dining and Shopping Choices on the Way
Because of terminal space constraints defined in the Settlement Agreement, there were a number of good options to eat or to shop at John Wayne Airport, but there weren't very many options. Well, that's about to change - and in a big way.
For the first time in 20 years, a top-to-bottom overhaul of concessions at John Wayne Airport's Thomas F. Riley Terminal is underway. In 2010, Requests for Proposals (RFPs) were issued for new: (1) Fast Food; (2) Primary Food & Beverage; (3) News & Gift; and (4) Specialty concessions. Firms from across the country and from our own backyard submitted proposals. Evaluations were conducted, recommendations were made and the Board of Supervisors ultimately awarded eight contracts to a series of first-rate firms to provide new food, drink and retail services at JWA.
"The combination of food, beverage and retail concepts proposed by our concessionaires promise to bring quality and the flavor of Orange County to John Wayne Airport and, importantly, the variety our passengers have asked for," said Alan L. Murphy, Airport Director.
Design of the new concession spaces is underway; construction will begin on the Terminal C stores and restaurants soon so they can be complete in time for the late November 2011 opening. New concession construction isn't limited just to the new Terminal C. Stores and restaurants in Terminals A and B are also included in the new concession plan and will be undergoing a complete remodel in the coming months, although construction will be scheduled to minimize disruption to passengers.
Congratulations to our new partners and tenants:
HMSHost is the Primary Food and Beverage concessionaire who will operate two food courts and two full-service restaurants, as well as coffee kiosks, grab-n-go food markets and cocktail lounges throughout Terminals A, B and C. HMSHost has been operating a variety of food and beverage locations in the Riley Terminal since 1990.
McDonald's will continue to serve in Terminals A and B, with fast food options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while also introducing their McCafe for the first time to JWA passengers.
Carl's Jr./Green Burrito will bring its menu items to Terminal C offering a variety of American and Mexican fast-food options.
Subway will open a sandwich store, Caterina's will bring a new mix of treats including frozen yogurt and ice cream, and Vino Volo will open the first wine bar in the Riley Terminal.
Hudson Group and The Paradies Shops will continue to operate newsstands and gift shops in the Riley Terminal, along with specialty concessions including a Sunglass Hut/Rip Curl store and a Blackberry store, respectively.