History

 

1971

Perth: Airport Retail Enterprises founded. 

 

1974

Melbourne: ARE operated three news agency bookstalls at the new Tullamarine Airport for eight years, making ARE the largest bookseller in Victoria at the time.

 

1985

Brisbane: ARE converted a World War II hangar into the Brisbane International Terminal's concessions. From 1985 to 1990 annual sales grew from $1.3million to $6million.

 
1986

Perth: ARE's design and construction of a News & Gift outlet at the brand new Perth International Terminal coincided with Australia's defence of the America's Cup.

  1987

Brisbane Domestic: ARE secured all food & beverage operations at the new Domestic Terminal for Australian Airlines (Qantas) and Ansett. This involved a complete fit-out at a cost of over $3 million.

  1990

Cairns: ARE established a Food & Beverage business at the International Terminal, capitalising on international transit trade. ARE operated Food & Beverage and Gift Stores for seven years.

 
1991

Alice Springs: Overcoming the challenges of operating in the new terminal's harsh desert location, ARE produced Bar & Bistro, News & Gifts and Australian Gems & Jewellery.

  1996

Darwin: ARE purchased all Food & Beverage operations at the Darwin Terminal. On take over, ARE introduced Australian Gems & Jewellery, a Café and News & Gifts

  1996

Cairns Domestic: ARE acquired Australian Gems & Jewellery at the Cairns Domestic Airport, based on its successful management of its Food & Beverage operations.

 
1997

Perth: ARE commenced the operation of two gift shops (Oz Shop and Australian Gems & Jewellery) and an ice cream shop, Fruit Scoops at the Perth International Terminal.

  1997

Cairns International: Following on from its success at the Domestic Terminal, ARE established Australian Gems & Jewellery at Cairns International Airport.

  1998

Brisbane Domestic: In a pivotal moment in airport retailing, ARE developed generic Food & Beverage brands to operate in a food court environment. The brands included Velocity, Refuel, Pure NRG and Tanja's.

 
1999

Sydney Domestic: Based on the success of ARE brands in Brisbane, ARE introduced Velocity and Pure NRG, completed in time for the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

  2001

Sydney International and Domestic: ARE acquired Bar Italia in both terminals, strengthening the company's presence in Sydney. In September ARE opened Zoom.

  2002

Central Station, Brisbane: ARE opened Zoom and Pure NRG in the busy CBD terminal, further strengthening ARE's brand presence off airports.

 
2003

Coolangatta Domestic: ARE opened Pure NRG, Velocity and Refuel in the newly renovated Qantas end of the Coolangatta airport, after successfully running temporary operations at the site for over 12 months.

  2003

 Sydney Domestic: ARE opened its now signature noodle outlet, Wok on Air and Ignite Grill at the terminal, creating the first ever freshly cooked meal offer on Australian airports. 

  2004

Sydney Domestic: ARE opened Bar Roma – an Italian café with thin-crusted Roman style pizza, espresso coffee and a full bar, and NRG Juice, serving fresh juices.

 
2004

Sydney Domestic: ARE opened Bar Roma – an Italian café with thin-crusted Roman style pizza, espresso coffee and a full bar, and NRG Juice, serving fresh juices.

  2006

Sydney International: ARE joined forces with the iconic Sydney café, Bar Coluzzi, to open a Bar Coluzzi at the Sydney International Terminal. This was ARE's first experience in franchised brands, and is considered a huge success.

  2006

Brisbane Domestic: ARE opened Atmosphere, a destination café with bar, coffee, full menu and huge plasma TV screens so customers can see current sporting events while they eat.

 
2007

Brisbane Domestic: ARE opened Wok On Air, NRG Express, Velocity, Subway and Hungry Jack's outlets in the terminal's food court, and wins Qantas' inaugural 'Retailer of the Year' Award for the redevelopment.

  2008

Virgin Sydney Terminal: In July, ARE acquired the buzzing Quikfix coffee outlet, rebranded it Quikshots, and watched sales increase due to improved operations.

  2008

Sydney International Terminal:ARE opens the Viaggio Vittoria café in the new landside food court. This opening sees ARE now operating the major premium coffee outlets in all three Sydney Airport terminals.

 
2009

Gold Coast Airport: ARE opens a refurbished NRG Express, Velocity, Zoom and Hungry Jack’s in the new Gold Coast common user terminal.

  2010

Melbourne International Airport: ARE successfully tendered for the food and beverage outlets at Melbourne International Airport’s airside food court. The flagship restaurant of the terminal is Shannon Bennett’s Café Vue.

  2010

Sydney International Airport: ARE acquired Rossini Gastronomia, Rossini Gelateria, Bar Savoia and Naan Man Du in the Sydney International food court, with refurbishments to all outlets scheduled in 2011.

 
2011

Melbourne International Terminal: ARE completed the build of its international operations, opening Hungry Jack’s, Wok On Air, Bar Pulpo by MoVida and, following the success of Café Vue airside, a landside Café Vue Express outlet.

  2011

Sydney Domestic Terminal 2: ARE successfully tendered for three new Premium Dining outlets at Sydney’s Terminal 2. By the end of the year, Bistro 2020 was in operation, with Brasserie Bread and Toby’s Estate to follow in 2012.

  2012

Sydney Qantas Domestic Terminal: ARE redeveloped its signature Velocity and NRG Express brands and introduced Toby’s Estate Café and Bar Corretto into the Qantas Domestic Terminal as part of Qantas’ food court refurbishment.