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Lotte expected to move into airport on July 21

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Over the weekend, the transition commenced over the weekend from DFS Guam to Lotte Duty Free.

Despite of filings by both parties today, airport executive manager Chuck Ada says he's been extremely pleased on the collaboration both DFS and Lotte have engaged in recently. "It's been a great process, everyone has been working collaboratively and ensuring that we get this done in the short time that is given," he said.

Ada says the transition process actually started last week where meetings were held at least three times to provide the comprehensive transition plan to airport management. "We're engaged with both parties every step in the way to ensure as mentioned in the press release that we adhere to all federal and security compliance," he added.

Ada says the transition is rather complicated as detailed coordination is required with airport police and the Transportation Security Administration. In the meantime, the move is already evident at the airport as several shops have closed both in the east and west concourses relative to the transition.

And as the move gets underway, Ada says he's most excited on the additional improvements expected for the airport as pursuant to the contract, Lotte has agreed 120 days after the move in that several upgrades will be made including a refurbished food court and smoking lounge, a new kids play and bathroom improvements. He told KUAM News, "It's going to be very exciting not only the airport but the traveling public who will have access to first class state of the art facility."

In spite of all the legal challenges, Ada says he appreciates the three decades of partnership with DFS and the services they have provided to the airport and anyone who has travelled to and from Guam. "They've been great partner to the airport and we wish them well with because obviously they have the downtown gallery," he said.

Lotte is expected to possess all of the concession premises by 12:01am on July 21.

Earlier today, both Lotte's attorney Cesar Cabot and Chuck Ada told KUAM they felt any action from DFS delaying the move was "unlikely" as both felt the transition was moving along.

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