Adelaide Airport’s terminal expansion project is a step closer to completion with the opening of more retail space in September and October along the central concourse. The newly refurbished Coopers Alehouse has started serving its first customers today, returning to its prominent central concourse position in front of gates 19-20.
The refurbished Coopers Alehouse has a vibrant and fresh new look, retaining a few of the signature touches of the former bar including the large mirrors with gold-leaf artwork and restored wooden benches.
Adelaide Airport Managing Director, Mark Young said it was an exciting time for the airport as new retailers opened their doors and an expectation that visitor numbers will increase as the national COVID vaccination rates continue to climb and border restrictions gradually ease. He states, ‘the Coopers Alehouse refurbishment looks amazing…we’re all looking forward to seeing the restaurant and bar areas filled with customers in the hopefully not-too-distant future as restrictions are eased and more passengers return’.
Young said it was an exciting time for the airport as new retailers opened their doors and an expectation that visitor numbers will increase as the national COVID vaccination rates continue to climb and border restrictions gradually ease.
“We know our customers are loving the new retail spaces, as evidenced by the popularity of the new Southern Providore, which opened in April, and the Penfolds Wine Bar and Kitchen along the northern concourse”.
Coopers Marketing and Innovation Director, Mr Cam Pearce, said Coopers was proud to partner with the Adelaide Airport and Delaware North to showcase the iconic brand to interstate and overseas travellers, stating “the Coopers Airport Alehouse has been a popular destination since it opened at the Adelaide Airport in 2005, providing the ideal place for passengers to relax while enjoying a familiar South Australian product”.
“Whether you’re coming back from interstate of heading off on your next adventure, there’s nothing better than sitting down with an ice-cold Coopers beer’.
Delware North Managing Director, Gary Brown, said “Delaware North is excited to be part of Adelaide Airport’s new expansions stating “we’re pleased to have refurbished the iconic Coopers Alehouse, which will further enhance our guests’ experiences at this incredible venue with a new terrace providing stunning views of the Adelaide Hills.
The new retail concourse is part of Adelaide Airport’s first major expansion works sine the current terminal as opened in 2005. The expansion includes a total refurbishment of retail areas, resulting in a more than 80 per cent increase the overall size of the terminal’s retail and dining precinct across domestic and international areas.
Adelaide Airport’s terminal expansion is on track for completion by the end the year, including the new international arrival hall, featuring a second, longer baggage belt for arrivals, more space for immigration processing, expanded screening facilities and a larger duty-free precinct. Plans to relocate the historic Vickers Vimy aircraft are also in progress, with construction of its new home within the terminal to be completed by the end of the year.
“The presence of iconic South Australian brands as well as the ultimate location of the Vickers Vimy aircraft on the ground floor of the expanded terminal will deliver a real sense of place”, Mr Young states.
Over the next month, leading news, books and convenience retailer WH Smith will open two new stores in the terminal – one in the central concourse and the other in the northern end of the terminal. The Pantry Adelaide Kitchen is also anticipated to open in October.
The newly refurbished Coopers Airport Alehouse is located at 1 James Schofield Dr, Adelaide Airport SA 5950.