First phase of USD508 million LAX redevelopment completed

Global shopping center group Westfield Corp. has completed the first phase of redevelopment in Terminal 1 at Los Angeles Airport, which introduces Southwest Airlines customers to a new retail and dining collection and an improved experience.

As part of a USD508 million overhaul spearheaded by Southwest and Los Angeles World Airports, Westfield is curating a dining and retail collection that will feature 24 world-class destinations and a reimagined experience with a hip, modern California feel.

The first of three phases features the opening of six exciting brands, including Rock & Brews — from KISS front men Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley — Be Relax, Brookstone, I Love L.A., Sol Surf and Treat Me Sweet.

In addition, Southwest is upgrading the customer gate areas, giving the terminal a fresh new look, while providing a more efficient customer experience.

The Terminal 1 overhaul was announced in September 2014 and is slated for completion in 2018. When finished, the Terminal 1 retail and dining collection will span 25,242 feet — nearly double that of the old terminal.

Westfield (ASX: WFD) is an internally managed, vertically integrated, shopping center group undertaking ownership, development, design, construction, funds/asset management, property management, leasing and marketing activities and employing approximately 2,000 staff worldwide. It has interests in 34 shopping centers in the United States and the United Kingdom, encompassing approximately 6,500 retail outlets and total assets under management of USD29 billion.