Expansion Case Study

Makowsky Group was hired to develop and bring 24 new dining & retail destinations to LAX’s cutting-edge, newly designed Terminal 1.

LAX Terminal 1 services nearly 5,000,000 passengers every year, with nearly $35 million in annual revenue coming from food & beverage sales. The terminal primarily services SouthWest Airlines. 


Secure top brands for Retail and Food & Beverage Concessions in conjunction with the Terminal 1 redevelopment project


  • Met with Development and Government officials and developed relationships with top prospective brands for the LAX market.
  • Recruited and licensed top brands and sites, including full service, quick serve, and grab n’ go concepts. 
  • Streamlined operations and customized menus, training, and concepts to meet airport model tenant criteria and concessionaire operating model, while ensuring brand integrity in a dynamic operating environment.


“The redevelopment of Terminal 1 is another pivotal milestone in our journey to bring world-class dining, retail, and amenities to the millions of travelers who use LAX as their gateway to the world. We are thrilled…to create a uniquely Los Angeles, cutting-edge new environment and passenger experience to rival the world’s best airport terminals.”

– Dominic Lowe, Executive Vice President, Westfield

The terminal is brought to life with open, expanded views of the outside flight operations, with exciting materials, finishes, and pops of color inside.

Food & Beverage options combine local choices, like Trejo’s Tacos and Urth Cafe, with nation-wide favorites such as Chick-Fil-A and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. Retail options include a duty-free and travel essential shops, along with specialized offerings like I Love LA and Mac Cosmetics.