San Diego Business Journal

More Restaurants and Shops Join Airport Retail Lineup

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New locations of Best Buy Express, Duty Free Americas and Starbucks are among recently opened additions to the retail roster at San Diego International Airport, bringing to 16 the number of stores and shops debuting at the facility during the past several months.

A statement from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, which oversees the facility, said businesses recently opened at Terminal 2 also include Gaslamp MarketPlace, Jer’s Chocolates and newsstand stores CNBC News San Diego and U.S. News & World Report.

Starbucks, Stellar News Express, Where Traveler and Ryan Bros. Coffee are now open at Terminal 1, joining previously announced 10News, Craft Brews on 30th Street and Ciao Gourmet Market. The airport’s commuter terminal now has San Diego Bay News and Café, with Caffe Calabria.

Best Buy has two Express locations in Terminal 2, where Duty Free Americas is also now operating.

The additions are part of the airport’s long-term plans to boost restaurant and retail offerings, taking on-site businesses from 55 to a total of 87 by next year. Others expected to arrive by early 2014 include Phil’s BBQ, Warwick’s of La Jolla, Jack in the Box, Stone Brewing Co., Brighton Collectibles, two spas and several wine bars.

When all businesses are up and running, concessions employment at the airport is projected to nearly double in 2014, to approximately 1,200 workers, officials said.

— SDBJ Staff Report