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Charlotte Airport Now Has Shake Shack And Wicked Weed Brewing After Expansion

The Plaza
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
The Plaza is between Concourses D and E at Charlotte's airport.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport will unveil a $39 million expansion to the East Terminal on Friday that includes concessions stands featuring Shake Shack and Wicked Weed Brewing.

The area dubbed “The Plaza” is between the Concourses D and E, and will also include additional shops, a pet relief area, a mother’s room, restrooms, terrazzo flooring and lounge seating with views of the airfield.

The expansion is part of the Destination CLT project, which includes a $2.5-3.1 billion renovation and expansion program. It follows the airport’s $200 million Concourse A expansion and a $50 million roadway project that was completed three weeks ago.

The Plaza
Credit Charlotte Douglas International Airport
The Plaza is part of a $39 million addition at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

“We are thrilled to welcome nine new locations for food and shopping that bring a mix of national and local brands to CLT,” Aviation Director/CEO Brent Cagle said in a release. “From the latest technology to great food, popular retail options and a quiet place to relax, The Plaza has something for everyone.”

Additional food options include: Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Bojangles’ and Auntie Anne’s. Added shops include: Charlotte Supply Co., iStore, The Body Shop and Minute Suites.

In a partnership with the Arts and Science Council, artwork by Christian Moeller entitled “Loops” hangs as The Plaza’s centerpiece. It is a three-dimensional abstract line drawing constructed of metal, suspended from the ceiling and animated by constant and slow rotation.

Jodie Valade has been a Digital News and Engagement Editor for WFAE since 2019. Since moving to Charlotte in 2015, she has worked as a digital content producer for NASCAR.com and a freelance writer for publications ranging from Charlotte magazine to The Athletic to The Washington Post and New York Times. Before that, Jodie was an award-winning sports features and enterprise reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. She also worked at The Dallas Morning News covering the Dallas Mavericks — where she became Mark Cuban's lifelong email pen pal — and at The Kansas City Star. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Education from John Carroll University. She is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan.