Local Retailers Serving up the Best of Brisbane to International Passengers

A burger joint born and bred in New Farm and a bar and grill inspired by Queensland’s oldest building are among the new retailers to anchor the redeveloped International Terminal at Brisbane Airport.

The local flavour of the new roster of retailers is just another example of the re-birth of the International Terminal as a uniquely Brisbane/Queensland experience, Brisbane Airport Corporation’s (BAC) Andrew Brodie said today.

“Gun Brisbane architects Richards & Spence have given us a design for the departures and arrivals areas at the terminal that brings the city to life at the airport,” he said.

“Their incredible work has been complemented by exceptional retail outlet design being led by another great Brisbane firm Arkhefield.

At the end of this $45 million project there’ll be no airport terminal in the world like it.

“But not only is the terminal going to look and feel distinctively Brisbane, it’s going to taste that way too.”

To coincide with the terminal upgrade, BAC has re-vamped the retail roster introducing a new Duty Free provider, JR Duty Free, and 22 new food and beverage and speciality retailers.

“We called for expressions of interest from not only national and global brands, but also Brisbane businesses that we thought could work in the challenging environment of a 24 hour airport terminal,” Mr Brodie said.

Burger Urge, a business started just over a decade ago in inner-city New Farm by the Carthew brothers, will provide a local, gourmet alternative to the usual airport burger experience.

Windmill & Co, a bar and restaurant delivered by local food and beverage entrepreneurs, the Drivas family, will source ingredients and wines from Queensland and regional suppliers in a nod to both the city’s pioneer heritage and modern food culture. Inspired by the Old Windmill,

built in 1828 in Spring Hill overlooking the now central business district of Brisbane, Windmill & Co represents a new, more sophisticated dining experience for travellers using Brisbane International.

The Botanist Kitchen and Bar will live up to its name, with fresh cooked meals of quality local produce prepared in a kitchen open to customers’ view. Individual servings of prepared and cooked to order items will be reflective of the latest in Australian-style culinary trends - bucket of prawns anyone?

The full suite of new retailers for the re-developed areas of the International terminal are: JR Watch Co, Merino Collection, RM Williams, Surf Dive n Ski, Australian Way, Produce of Australia, Just Australia, News Travels, Sunglass Hut, Subway, Boost Juice, Burger Urge, Tuk Chop, Espresso, Sunset Bar and Grill, The Coffee Club, Windmill & Co, The Botanist Kitchen and Bar, Red Rooster, Mad Mex, Sushi Sushi and Jamaica Blue.

Mr Brodie said BAC would also be looking to provide ‘pop-up’ shop opportunities for small local retailers within the departures lounge areas.

“We’d love to see more local retailers, who may not be able to meet the demands of a general tenancy in the terminal, get an opportunity to show and sell their wares to international travellers,” he said.

The redevelopment of the International Terminal is being undertaken in stages, with the arrivals level the first to be completed later this year.