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DFW Airport unveils new concessionaires for Terminal D

International travelers will soon be able to pick up a bottle of Fort Worth’s TX Whiskey and take it anywhere in the world.

TX Whiskey will be one of the featured products at a duty-free store that will open next year in Terminal D at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

The airport unveiled several new concessionaires Tuesday as part of its plan to upgrade its offerings at its international terminal. Bennigan’s and TGI Friday’s will be gone, replaced by the Italian Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck and Fort Worth’s Rio Mambo Tex Mex y Mas.

The airport staff has reviewed 116 proposals for 35 locations, mostly in Terminal D, as part of its latest concessions upgrade.

“By spring break, we should have more than half of those operational and for the holidays next year our duty-free and everything else will be up and running,” Zenola Campbell, the airport’s vice president of concessions, told the DFW board Tuesday at a committee meeting.

New concessions approved at the meeting include a Longchamp store and a Wall Street Journal newsstand. Michael Kors, L’Occitane and Montblanc concessions were previously announced and will open early next year.

Airport Chief Executive Sean Donohue said the new concessions will give Terminal D “much more of a global look and feel.”

“The customers who are coming in here and are used to seeing global brands and products at other international airports will see the same here,” Donohue said.

The airport also plans a 13,000-square-foot duty-free shopping area that will replace two gate seating areas near D22 and D23. Campbell said the airport approached American Airlines about using the gate areas and promised to provide seats, integrating them into the duty-free shopping area.

“We will be a trendsetter because that center location does not exist anyplace else where you have the partnership of the airline and create an overall experience there,” Campbell said.

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631

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