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LA City Council approves Westfield to handle concessions at LAX

LAX at night.
LAX at night.

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What you see and eat at LAX is about to change. A big name in Southern California malls, Westfield, is ready to get to work at the airport.

The Westfield company is known for its malls in Century City and Culver City. They also handle concessions at nine big-city airports including Boston, New York and Chicago.

And now a key L.A. City Council committee has cleared Westfield for takeoff at LAX.

Westfield will spend $100 million to overhaul the stores and restaurants in Terminal 2 at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, as well as the so-called "Theme Building."

It’s a 17-year contract that should bring over $300 million in revenue to the city.

Back in May, the Airport Commission awarded concession contracts to other developers for the remaining terminals.

Westfield CEO Peter Lowy says his goal is to fill the terminals with shops and bistros that are unique to L.A. If all goes according to plan, the brand new concessions should be up and running by early next year.