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The 10 U.S. airports with the highest retail volume, excluding duty-free shops.

The 10 airports with the highest retail sales volume, excluding duty free.

This story first appeared in the June 5, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Ten years ago, airport retail was seen as a viable alternate revenue stream for local and national retailers. However, that was before 9/11, the Iraq War, the prolonged dismal economy and SARS. While the airport industry has had one of its toughest years in recent history, experts say travelers are trickling back. Longer wait times in terminals for security checks have been good for business, giving travelers more time to eat and shop.

1

ATLANTA HARTSFIELD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

2002 sales: $184.6 million

Boarding passengers: 38 million

Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport is a well-organized facility with an underground transit mall. The Body Shop, Silverworks, Sunglass Hut, Wilson’s Leather, Erwin Pearle, the Museum Company and Brookstone are among the 200 concessions.

2

LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

2002 sales: $174.2 million

Boarding passengers: 30.9 million

MAC and L’Oréal will join The Body Shop, Via Voyage sunglass shop, Brookstone, Sunglass Hut, Watch Station, W.H. Smith and Spirit of the Red Horse, which sells American Indian-themed jewelry and gifts.

3

CHICAGO O’HARE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

2002 Sales: $161.5 million

Boarding passengers: 33.3 million

One of the nation’s busiest airports, O’Hare’s retail mix includes Brookstone, Backrub Hub, The Field Museum Store, Landau Jewelers, Sunglass Hut, Watch Station and Wilson’s Leather.

4

JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

2002 Sales: $139.7 million

Boarding passengers: 14.6 million

Terminal One’s international travelers have lots of disposable income. They can spent it at shops such as Clinique/Estée Lauder, Coach, Ferragamo, Hermès and Bulgari and restaurants like Anton’s Bistro Cafe, Brooklyn Beer Garden and Nappa Valley Grill.

5

DALLAS/FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

2002 Sales: $126.9 million

Boarding passengers: 28.8 million

Texas-themed souvenir shops and southern-style eateries join shops such as Brighton Leather and Silver, Landau Jewelry, Laptop Lane, Sunglass Cache, Lone Star Emporium, Fossil, Brooks Brothers and Wilson’s Leather.

6

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

2002 Sales: $119.1 million

Boarding passengers: 17 million

Airport retailers like the Discovery Channel Store, Mont Blanc, Sephora, Sunset Shades, The Body Shop and Wilson’s Leather get a shot of local flavor from the San Francisco Museum of Art Store, The Crab Pot, Tomokazu, Allegro Restaurant and Willow Street Woodfired Pizza.

7

LAS VEGAS MCCARRAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

2002 Sales: $116.2 million

Boarding passengers: 17.5 million

Coming soon are Brighton Leather and Silver, one of the first L’Oréal airport stores and Marshall Rousso, a local clothier. Sunglass Hut, the Body Shop, the Museum Company, Perfumania and Kid’s Wear and Toys, have to compete with the slots, which ring up $30 million a year.

8

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

2002 Sales: $111.7 million

Boarding passengers: 16.5 million

Miami is upgrading its retail operations with 37 new stores in 39,000 square feet of space. Management said it’s going after high-end jewelry and designer labels. Opening in October is Brasif, a store selling leather clothing and fine soaps and scents.

9

NEWARK LIBERTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

2002 Sales: $111.1 million

Boarding passengers: 15.2 million

Offerings at Newark Liberty include Kenneth Cole, DKNY, Brookstone, Johnston & Murphy, Travel 2000 luggage, L’Occitane, Occhiali da Sole sunglasses and Landau Jewelry. Gallagher’s Steak House is opening next month.

10

DENVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

2002 Sales: $105.1 million

Boarding passengers: 18 million

The airport’s eclectic mix of retailers includes Bikekulture, The Body Shop, Discovery Channel Store, Tie Rack, Sunglass Hut, Sunshades, Susan Vale Sweaters, Toy Chest, Time Zone and the Colorado Collection, which does a $3 million a year business in jewelry made by local artisans.

SOURCE: AIRPORT REVENUE NEWS, WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.