Oklahoma City airport retailers to receive major upgrade

The Paradies Shops, which operates the concessions at Will Rogers World Airport, on Thursday begins a $1.7 million project to remodel and expand its stores at the airport.
BY JENNIFER PALMER jpalmer@opubco.com Published: September 8, 2011
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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.

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