TUL Welcomes New Concession Operators to Concourse A

TULSA, OK – August 30, 2017 – Tulsa International Airport celebrated the grand opening of new restaurants and shops located on Concourse A this afternoon with a ribbon cutting event  and open house for guests to explore the new offerings.

New retail locations now open on Concourse A are operated by Hudson Group and include several of their proprietary brands, such as:

  • Hudson: Their signature store which offers travel essentials and convenience items.
  • 5th and Sunset: A sunglass and accessory shopping experience in a contemporary environment that includes high-quality, recognized brands from top designers.
  • Spirit: Similar to Hudson Group’s Spirit of the Red Horse brand, Spirit is a premier Native American and Western specialty store that offers jewelry, apparel, hats, belts, bags and accessories, as well as Native American and Western themed giftware and home décor

A new dining location now open on Concourse A operated by Creative Food Group is:

  • Dead Armadillo Tarmac Taproom: Dead Armadillo Brewing Company’s Amber American Ale is one of the Top 10 Best Craft Beers in Oklahoma. The Taproom will offer a full liquor bar and a full menu of Tulsa’s favorites. While the restaurant will proudly serve seven varieties of Dead Armadillo craft beers, they will also offer many local, national and international premium beers. This is the first restaurant location in Tulsa for the Dead Armadillo brand.

A new dining location now open on Concourse A operated by Local Food Concepts is:

  • Einstein Bros. Bagels & Caribou Coffee: Einstein Bros. Bagels is a neighborhood bagelry that’s always cooking up a new way to bagel. Caribou Coffee provides high quality, handcrafted beverages. It was also the first major U.S. coffeehouse to serve 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees and espressos.  TUL is the first airport to offer a combined bagel and coffee location.

Construction began after the new operators moved in on May 1.  The airport’s food, beverage and retail concession program will undergo a complete transformation by the time construction is complete in 2018.  Together, the concessionaires have invested over $1.7 million in preparing these five locations for this opening.

 

“We are excited to have our new shops and restaurants up and running for our passengers,” said Mark VanLoh, CEO of Tulsa Airports. “We know that the mix of dining and retail offerings now available on Concourse A will improve the customer experience, increase non-airline revenue, and showcase the unique brands that make Tulsa memorable for visitors.”

 

“We are pleased to partner with the City of Tulsa and the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust (TAIT) Management team in revitalizing the travel retail program. We look forward to building upon regional and local themes that capture the cosmopolitan feel ‎and rich heritage of Tulsa,” said Joseph DiDomizio, Hudson Group President & CEO, Division CEO North America of Dufry. “Our Traveler’s Best Friend travel essentials Hudson concept will cater to travelers’ wants and needs while our other diverse concepts will bring world-class local and national brands and merchandise that appeal to a variety of passenger tastes.”

 

“Creative Food Group is excited to bring some of the best local and national brands to Tulsa International Airport,” said Altaf Isani, president of Creative Food Group.  “Once our new program is completed in the spring of 2018, Tulsa will become a showcase airport not just for Creative Food Group, but for the industry.”

 

Construction of the pre-security locations is expected to begin in late Spring 2018.  When complete, the airport will have 10 retail outlets and 10 dining options.

 

New Restaurants Now Open:

Dead Armadillo Tarmac Taproom: Concourse A

Einstein Bros. Bagels & Caribou Coffee: Concourse A, Food Court

 

New Restaurants Coming Soon:

Eau de Vie Wine Bar: Connector Boulevard

(October 1)

Topeca Coffee: Connector Boulevard

(November 1)

Smok’d BBQ: Connector Boulevard

(November 1)

Fat Guys Burger Bar: Concourse B

(November 1)

Chili’s: Connector Boulevard

(February 1)

Einstein Bros. Bagels & Caribou Coffee:

Pre security (Spring 2018)

Cherry Street Beer Garden:

Pre security (Spring 2018)

 

New Retail Shops Now Open:

Hudson: Concourses A & B, Connector Boulevard

Spirit: Connector Boulevard

5th and Sunset: Connector Boulevard

Kids Works Kiosk: Connector Boulevard

Tulsa Sports Zone Kiosk: Connector Boulevard

Discover Tulsa Kiosk: Connector Boulevard

 

New Retail Shops Coming Soon:

Hudson: Pre security (Spring 2018)

 

Existing Retail:

This Land Press Kiosk: Connector Boulevard

(Independent Operator)

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About Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust (TAIT): TAIT was organized in 1967 as a public trust with the City of Tulsa as its sole beneficiary. TAIT’s purpose is to operate, maintain, construct, improve and/or lease airport facilities serving the City, including Tulsa International Airport (TUL). TUL served over 2.8 million passengers in 2017.  Five airlines provide nonstop service to 19 airports. The airport receives no city, state or sales tax dollars.