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Louisville Airport getting new businesses

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The plans include more shops and restaurants and a new concept called Starbucks Evenings. The plans include more shops and restaurants and a new concept called Starbucks Evenings.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Airport is getting some major upgrades. 

One of the first changes you'll notice at the airport is that the PGA Tour Shop is being replaced by Brooks Brothers, but on the other side of security, some popular local restaurants are coming soon.

"We have always been pretty small time. Louisville is just a small town," said frequent traveler Monte Lucas.

All of that "small time" and "small town" talk may be changing at the Louisville International Airport.

"It would be nice to have more shops and things inside here," Lucas said.

This week, the Louisville Airport Authority announced a significant enhancement project.

"I think it is good for everyone...not if you live here only but as people are coming and going because you can't always count on the flights to go out on time, right? So you need as many restaurants inside security as you do outside as well," said Lucas.

The new businesses will not only include Brooks Brothers, but also several popular local restaurants like The Comfy Cow, Coals Pizza and Smashburger.

"I think it would be great, I need to go find a belt right now," said Charles Adams, frequent traveler from New Jersey.

A Starbucks Evenings will include cheese and wine and there will be a Bourbon Academy tasting room and a Book & Bourbon Southern Kitchen.

"When a passenger comes in they're going to know they're in Louisville, the bourbon concepts in the terminal, it is just going to be great, they're going to know they're in Louisville," said Darrell Watson, with The Louisville Airport Authority.

Watson is director of property management for the Louisville Airport authority and said everyone should be open by this time next year.

"So for the concessions, their contracts start in February and we hope to get the lion's share of that completed by Derby of 2016," he explained.

And frequent flyers are excited about what's coming.

"Because you got to get here earlier and earlier with all of the new laws and rules and if they can provide stuff for ya, it is just a win-win," said Charles Adams. 

Construction on the first phase of the project is scheduled to start in January.

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