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Victoria International Airport announces new Shopping and Dining Venues

Dec 5, 2012

A new post-security food and beverage program and entirely new retail program was announced today by the Victoria Airport Authority (VAA).

The new concessions are part of an $8.1 million dollar Airport Improvement Program that includes major changes to dining and shopping choices, an expansion of the pre-board security screening checkpoint, a new central circulation core for the elevator, escalators, and stairs and enhancements to the Upper Passenger Departure Lounge.

Eurest Dining Services (a member of Compass Group Canada) successfully secured the 10-year concession agreement to provide food and beverage concessions at the Victoria International Airport. Success of the pre-security food and beverage program with national brands White Spot, Starbucks, and Tim Hortons will be complemented by iconic local favourite Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub post-security. A new 1,400 (135 m2) square foot Spinnakers in the Lower Passenger Departure Lounge will feature full service sit down options, a bar/lounge area, and unique grab-and-go and retail purchase options.

LS travel retail North America was the successful proponent of a 7-year opportunity to provide two brand-new retail stores. Breakwater Boutique, an open concept store will offer a tailored selection of local apparel and accessories, gifts and toys and convenience items. Post-security, Harbourwalk Shops & Duty Free will showcase unique concepts that will bring to life the essence of Victoria. Designed especially for Victoria International Airport, this store will focus on taking the stress out of the travellers by offering an environment anchored by high quality apparel and fashion accessories from Canadian favourites Sitka, Tilley Endurables and Cabrelli, as well as gourmet local products, souvenirs, and an expansive duty free offer.

Geoff Dickson, Victoria Airport Authority President and CEO said, “We sent a challenge to the market to create food and beverage and retail concepts that were a much greater representation of Victoria. Both of our successful proponents demonstrated they understood that vision and we are delighted to welcome these exciting new offerings.”

Construction related to the Airport Improvements Project begins today and is expected to take 18 months to complete. Spinnakers and the new Retail venues are expected to Summer and Fall 2013 respectively.

About Compass Group Canada

Compass Group Canada is the nation’s leading foodservice and support services company. With more than 25,000 associates across the country and 2011 revenues of $1.45 billion we set the standard for food service and support services. Markets we serve include: vending services; sports, cultural and entertainment dining and catering; business and industry dining; foodservice for K-12, colleges and universities; healthcare, hospitals and acute care; drilling, mining, remote camp sites and offshore operations; purchasing. For more information visit

About LS travel retail North America

LS travel retail operates a network of local, national, and international News & Gifts, Specialty Retail, Food & Beverage and Duty Free brands in more than 20 countries, including 245 locations in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. With over 180 stores in 30 North American Airports, LS travel retail aims to be the preferred partner for travel environments, by offering tailored solutions that optimize both the financial and experiential potential of their facilities, while delivering trendsetting products and services that exceed travelers’ expectations.

About Victoria International Airport

Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.5 million passengers per year. Victoria is well served with more than 120 daily flights throughout North America and was most recently rated among one of the world’s top ten most-loved airports in the world by CNNgo.

Media Contact Victoria International Airport
Geoff Dickson
President and CEO
(250) 953-7500