When Terminal 1-Lindbergh opened in 1962, it had two concourses and a ticketing lobby. Dining options were limited and folks had to pay to use the restroom. A lot has changed since then. Even more will change over the next five years as we reimagine the entire MSP Airport experience.
Every step of your journey is poised for improvement, including: parking, check-in, dining, shopping, passenger amenities and baggage claim. You’ll enjoy new restaurants and retail stores, thoughtfully designed restrooms, more on-site parking and an overall smoother visit.
We look forward to unveiling the changes as they come. Visit this site often to stay up on all the action!
How many new shops and restaurants are in the works and how were they chosen?
Thirty new retail shops and dining establishments are set to open between now and the end of 2019. These were included in a selection process that took place in 2017 as part of a multi-year effort to revamp the airport’s retail and food & beverage offerings.
Companies submitted proposals and a review team spent weeks poring through, discussing and scoring the documents to select the proposals it would recommend. Each proposal was scored based on its financial plan, merchandising, concept and design plan, Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program participation, and management and operations plan. The proposal with the most points for each batch was selected for recommendation.
How many of the new shops and restaurants are local brands?
Sixteen local brands/companies are represented within these first 50 venues. Thirteen are national brands. The remainder are new or established airport-only brands.
If I’m not flying somewhere, can I still eat or shop at the airport?
We wish! Unfortunately, without a ticket to fly, individuals are not allowed inside the secure area for the purpose of dining and shopping.
Who’s paying for these improvements?
If it’s a new restaurant or retail store, the individual concessionaire is paying for the remodel, or “build out,” of its space.
Most costs associated with building the hotel will be borne by the hotel operator.
The cost of the ticketing and baggage claim renovation, the new parking ramp, the added gates, the remodeled restrooms, and other amenities are ultimately borne by the Metropolitan Airports Commission, which generates revenue from rents and fees paid by users of the airport.
No property or income taxes are used to fund Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) projects.
Have more questions? Email us here: MSPReimagined@mspmac.org