Travelers in Oklahoma City soon will be able to experience Bricktown and POPS without leaving the airport.
The retailers at Will Rogers World Airport are getting a $1.7 million upgrade, including two drink stands that will replicate the famous POPS restaurant on Route 66 and a souvenir shop designed to remind visitors of Oklahoma City's downtown district.
Airport concessionaire The Paradies Shops begins the project Thursday and plans to complete it in November, in time for the busy holiday travel season, said Karen Carney, spokeswoman for the airport.
“It will revitalize, not only the shopping experience at the airport, but the airport itself,” she said. The new retailers bring a blend of local flavor and national names to the airport.
Shops will include:
• POPS east and west, featuring newspapers, magazines, books, convenience items, souvenirs and, of course, soda pop. The stands will replace the airport's TravelMart east and west.
• InMotion Entertainment, a concept new to the airport that gives travelers the ability to try the latest and greatest gadgets, as well as purchase headphones, chargers, batteries and more.
• EA Sports Experience, where visitors can play video games while waiting for their flight and purchase apparel from their favorite team, including the Oklahoma City Thunder, Sooners and Cowboys.
• Brighton Collectibles, the popular specialty store featuring accessories including handbags, leather goods, watches, fragrances and jewelry, will be redesigned and expanded.
• Bricktown Square, a new shop, will stock an assortment of souvenirs and merchandise from local Oklahoma companies, RedHawks apparel and more.
During the renovation, the two Capital City TravelMart stores, the Big 12 Shop, Brighton/PGA and Oklahoma Marketplace will be operating from temporary kiosks in front of the existing stores. The airport's two newsstands, CNBC News and CNBC News Express, were updated recently and will remain unchanged.