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Photos: Lambert Airport's "Dramatic Makeover" Will Take Five Months, Add New Retail

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All photos courtesy of Lambert
The future is here. Big renderings below.
Will this solve Lambert Airport's inferiority complex?

Officials have announced that the retail shopping scene of St. Louis' international airport will undergo a "dramatic makeover" through a ten-year contract that starts today with Hudson Group, the travel retailer. Hudson will reopen a majority of the existing retail locations and over the next five months will build out thirteen locations, featuring not only some "top national brands," but also "exclusive local concepts as well."

Get excited.

And don't worry about the next five months before the build-out is completed. A press release says that Hudson will operate some temporary store units, which will feature core news and gift goods -- you know, the stuff essential to airport shopping.

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Its full mix of merchandise will be available by late June.

The lineup includes Hudson, Maxiga & Spectacles, Bliss, Ebony News, Natalie's Candy Jar, Eddie Bauer, Kids Works, Discover St. Louis and more.

The agreement guarantees Lambert a minimum of $13 million in the first three years of the contract and $41 million over the full term of the contract.

Here is a glimpse at project design.

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Bliss in C Concourse

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Eddie Bauer- C Concourse

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Hudson/Natalies Candy-C Concourse

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11 comments
Kevin Cook
Kevin Cook

Probably the worst international airport in the US. Maybe start by fixing the leaky cielings? Long list.

Julie Banderman
Julie Banderman

Start over! There are too many improvements to list. If starting over isn't possible then I'd start by cleaning/renovating the bathrooms. They're the nastiest of any airport I've been in.

Kacey Wayne Richmond Hampton
Kacey Wayne Richmond Hampton

It would take a lot to improve Lambert. The only thing it has going for it is location, so easy to get to. I would improve the Metrolink stations to where they are indoors and have better connections to the terminals. No better way to be welcomed to Metrolink then sit in the humid weather or cold temps. Add more parking on-site. Have a covered passenger drop-off and pick up at the main terminal Renovate the main terminal to open it up and provide more space. Create one efficient security check-point for the main terminal, even though they improved the security it still sucks. Terminal 2 also needs a large security check point, it becomes a bottleneck and there is not much space to improve. Find better locations for airport lounges, so they can be nicer and larger. More public art to help welcome passengers.Maybe even a better display of Saint Louis' Aviation history. Maybe an even closer on site airport hotel, would help business.

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

Open a casino in the unused terminal.

Karen Elaine Bollinger
Karen Elaine Bollinger

Let's start with a simple request ... I would offer Gateway Arch souvenirs. Shocked to not be able to find anything with an "Arch" on it in the stores in the East terminal this week. I think visitors would want to take home a little piece of St. Louis.

Michael Allen
Michael Allen

Anything would be an improvement. It's a glorified bus station minus the pee smell.

Michael Allen
Michael Allen

Anything would be an improvement. It's a glorified bus station minus the pee smell.

Vicki Rawlings
Vicki Rawlings

I've only been to a few airport, but Lambert by far is the most confusing..ie: you look at the map to find a smoking area...go to where it is...Oh, they don't have them anymore. A friend of mine came here, couldn't find a cab to save his life...wth??

Vicki Rawlings
Vicki Rawlings

I've only been to a few airport, but Lambert by far is the most confusing..ie: you look at the map to find a smoking area...go to where it is...Oh, they don't have them anymore. A friend of mine came here, couldn't find a cab to save his life...wth??

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