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.
“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.