World’s First Bob Marley Restaurant to Open as Part of Montego Bay Airport Retail Renovation

Jamaica’s busiest international gateway to Montego Bay and surrounding resorts, Sangster Airport has been given a major retail appearance, which will soon include the first one. Bob Marley branded restaurant all over the world.

Bob Marley – One Love (a re-record of the 1965 Wailing Wailers single after the 1984 hit) dining experience is scheduled to open in the first quarter of next year and is expected to garner a lot of attention at the airport. . It will be accessible only to airside passengers in the departure lounge.

According to airport operator MBJ Airports Limited, the restaurant is “currently exclusive to Sangster International and scheduled to open in February 2023.” This indicates that more Bob Marley-branded restaurants are in the pipeline and will likely open in other destinations in the Caribbean and the United States.

Bob Marley – One Love will be operated by Express Catering Limited (ECL), a listed subsidiary of the Margaritaville Caribbean Group (MCG), which owns and operates a number of Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville food, beverage, retail and entertainment businesses at Sangster International. Caribbean. Margaritaville became the singer-songwriter’s top hit on the charts.

In September, in an interim report on quarterly results to August 2022, ECL CEO Ian Dear was optimistic about the recovery of tourism at Sangster Airport, promising the winter season “will be the biggest since Covid-19” said. In the three months to August, ECL generated approximately $5 million in revenue. This should be augmented by the current passenger growth at the airport and the “Bob Marley effect” from next February.

Inside rolling stones His 1981 obituary described reggae superstar Marley as “one of the most influential musical figures of the past 20 years.” In February 2020, the magazine republished the singer/songwriter. 50 awesome tracks To commemorate his 75th birthday.

Retail takes it to a new level

The retail and food court at Jamaica’s Sangster International Airport has been around for a long time. Planning for the expansion of departures began in 2017, but the pandemic has put the brakes on it. London-based The Design Solution undertook the commercial planning strategy for the gateway and, together with consulting group Pragma, was also instrumental in the redevelopment of the retail program to raise it to international standards.

The Bob Marley – One Love restaurant is a key part of its transformation strategy to deliver an “unforgettable and stimulating experience” for travelers. In total, the departure renewal covers 43,000 square feet, of which 14,000 square feet is dedicated to the duty-free shop operated by global travel retailer Dufry.

The centerpiece of the retail space is a 12-metre-high rotunda with floor-to-ceiling curtain walls, forming the focal point of the newly developed dining room with a palm tree-inspired bar and wrap-around LED displays.

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