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July 13, 2007 | General

Edmonton — Edmonton Airports is pleased to announce that a number of new companies including AerRianta International (N.A.) Inc., Cara Operations Limited, HMSHost, and Indigo Books & Music, Inc. will provide new and enhanced food & beverage and retail services at Edmonton International Airport. These new services will be part of Central Hall, Phase 3 of the Air Terminal Redevelopment Project, due to open one month from today, on November 15th.

Central Hall will provide travellers with approximately 27,000 square feet of additional food and beverage service, retail concessions and centralized security processing. The new outlets opening in Central Hall will offer travellers more variety in terms of quality restaurants and specialty retail shops, and many will be located post-security to allow travellers to enjoy these services while waiting for the departure of their flight. The following is a preliminary list of new shops and services opening between November 2003 and spring 2004:

• Jazz City News — newsstand
• Fringe News — newsstand
• Klondike News — newsstand
• Edmonton Sports Scene — sports merchandise
• Roots — trademark clothing
• Edmonton Emporium — specialty gifts
• Priceless — sunglasses, watches and accessories
• Express Connect — convenience store (opening 2004) Cara Operations Limited:
• Harvey’s serving Swiss Chalet — restaurant
• Sbarro’s — Italian restaurant
• Second Cup — cafe
• The River Bar — piano bar (opening Dec 2003)
• Montana’s Front Porch — restaurant (opening Jan 2004)
• Sports Section — pub (opening Spring 2004)
Indigo Books & Music Inc.:
• Indigo — books, music, gifts and specialty travel accessories
AerRianta International (N.A.) Inc.:
• AerRianta International — duty free Other Retailers:
• Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (opening Dec 2003)
• Laugh n’ Learn — toy store (opening Dec 2003)
• Travelex — currency exchange

In addition to these new outlets, a family entertainment area will also be incorporated on the departures level of Central Hall in December. This new area will include Laugh n’ Learn a locally owned toy store, a candy store, and arcades. Airportables, currently offering portable DVD rental units to travellers in the North Terminal holdroom, will relocate to Central Hall.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of these new services as part of the new Central Hall,” said Scott Clements, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports. “The new food & beverage and retail program will offer our customers a world-class shopping and dining experience at Edmonton International Airport.” Clements went on to explain, “The specific mix of retail and food & beverage was selected in response to what our customers told us they wanted available at the airport.”

Centralized Security Screening

The generous space within Central Hall will facilitate state-of-the-art security equipment to support efficient and thorough centralized security passenger screening.

Commuter Concourse

Central Hall will house a centralized Commuter Concourse to facilitate regional flights, vastly improving passenger convenience, particularly for our northern customers. The centralized location of the Commuter Concourse will put our regional travellers in the heart of the airport enabling them to take advantage of the shops and services at the same time as having direct access to their boarding gate.

Discover the Energy

Edmonton Airports will launch the opening of Central Hall with the introduction of a new branding strategy to celebrate the significant new services offered at the airport. “Discover the Energy” will invite travellers to “Discover” and experience the “Energy” of the new and existing shops and services and friendly service at Edmonton International Airport.

Festival City

Edmonton earns its title as Canada’s Festival City by hosting internationally recognized cultural events all year round. To highlight the Capital Region’s rich culture, the new food & beverage and retail program will incorporate the look and feel of the Festival City theme throughout. Retail outlets such as Jazz City News, Fringe News and Klondike News will be named after a number of our community’s festivals.

“Incorporating Festival City theming as part of Central Hall is a very appropriate reflection of Edmonton’s cultural energy,” states John Mahon, Executive Director of the Edmonton Arts Council. “We are proud to partner with Edmonton Airports in the promotion of their new facilities.”

The Festival City Partnership brings together the Edmonton Arts Council, the Edmonton Festivals Consortium, The Edmonton Capital Region Tourism Partnership, fine art institutions and Edmonton Tourism. This partnership demonstrates another reason why Greater Edmonton is a great region to visit, work and play.

ETeam – Excellent Customer Service

Central Hall offers improved customer service through facilities, and new food, beverage and retail options. In addition, our ETeam’s customer service partnership is unique and we believe that our approach to customer service will lead to a unique airport experience — a world class experience provided by the friendliest airport staff in the world.

Edmonton Airports is a not-for-profit organization mandated to manage the region’s airport assets on behalf of and in the best interest of the Capital Region.


– Edmonton Emporium (jpeg 338KB)
– Jazz City News (jpeg 311KB)
– Roots (jpeg 333KB)
– Edmonton Sports Scene (jpeg 210KB
– Harvey’s serving Swiss Chalet (jpeg 362KB)
– Sbarro’s (402KB)
Note that these renderings are approximate and are subject to change