PHL Airport Among Best, Cheapest for Food

March 7, 2017

The Philadelphia International Airport has been elevating its food-and-beverage game, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. It’s been named one of the best among the top trafficked U.S. airports as well as the best for cheap eats.

RewardExpert.com compiled nearly 75,000 restaurant reviews from the top 20 most trafficked U.S. airports, and gathered menu and pricing options to determine the best airport in terms of overall restaurant quality and variety, among others.

Along with its overall ranking, PHL Airport got the top overall ranking for “cheap eats” for being the least-expensive airport out of the top 20.

“Nearly 20 percent less expensive on average than the most expensive airport to eat at in the top 20, … Philly offers a variety of quick-service local delicacies, like cheesesteaks and soft pretzels, at low prices,” RewardExpert said.

PHL Airport is amid an evolution to make it an even more competitive and attractive airport, including more food-and-beverage amenities, which would be a boon since it has lagged in customer satisfaction over the years, according to J.D. Power.

Large and midsize airports saw year-over-year improvements in satisfaction in large part because properties “are focusing on things they can control, like food and beverage and retail options and using technology to make the check-in experience better, as infrastructure improvements are completed,” according to J.D. Power.

Operating an airport restaurant, however, comes with challenges — including higher menu prices due to complicated procedures needed to operate a business in a high-security area — but airport restaurants can also be a “valuable marketing opportunity,” said Roman Shteyn, RewardExpert CEO and co-founder.

“Restaurant owners know that terminals offer a captive audience,” Shteyn said. “Dining at an airport can often be the first time a traveler will experience the cuisine of the city they are visiting.”

Airport dining locations are opportunities for a brand to make a “great first impression, which can foster a lifetime of loyalty,” Shteyn said, which is why “striking a balance between quality menu items at reasonable prices can pay off for both travelers and operators in the long run.”

Report Methodology

The top 20 most trafficked U.S. airports were determined using 2015 North American Passenger data from the Airports Council International. RewardExpert then created an overall weighted score using Yelp ratings and pricing data, Zagat ratings, JD Power ratings and healthiness scores from the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.

RewardExpert determined the final rankings using three indicators: satisfaction, price and quality.

Read full article here.

 

Chickie’s & Pete’s and InMotion Entertainment Named PHL’s Restaurant and Retailer of the Quarter

Chickies n petes n intmotionPHILADELPHIA Feb. 2, 2017 — The Philadelphia Marketplace at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) announced Chickie’s & Pete’s, located in Concourse C, and InMotion Entertainment, located in the D/E Connector, as its Restaurant and Retailer of the Second Quarter.

The Philadelphia Marketplace’s Cutting EDGE! Program (Excellence Drives Great Experiences) is designed to motivate and reward merchants. Each merchant can earn EDGE! points through great customer service and participation in marketing programs. At the end of each quarter, the food and retail merchants with the most points are named Merchants of the Quarter.

A Philadelphia staple since 1977, Chickie’s & Pete’s is a hub for sports fans and the birthplace of the Philly-famous Crabfries®. Bar favorites complement their specially seasoned seafood menu and the exciting atmosphere has earned it the title of “Best Sports Bar in Philadelphia” and the ESPN-rated number-one Sports Bar on the East Coast. This bar/restaurant is the ideal place for PHL travelers to catch their home team’s game in between flights.

InMotion Entertainment is the largest airport-based entertainment and electronics retailer in the country. For PHL passengers, it’s the one-stop shop for traveling must-haves ranging from headphones, cameras and mobile power, to the latest technologies in tablets and fitness bands.

“Congratulations to Chickie’s & Pete’s and InMotion Entertainment, both of whom have demonstrated the high standards for customer service that the Cutting EDGE! Program celebrates,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “We applaud them on this special recognition.”

For more information about the Philadelphia Marketplace, please visit www.philamarketplace.com.

About MarketPlace PHL, LLC

MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is the private partner with the City of Philadelphia in the management of the food and retail programs throughout Philadelphia International Airport. The award-winning program offers more than 170+ shops, restaurants and services. The MarketPlace PHL portfolio features local Philly favorites, as well as regional and national brands. MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is a partnership between MarketPlace Development, a Boston-based airport retail development firm, and LeJeune & Associates, a Philadelphia-based retail development, management and consulting firm. For more information, visit www.philamarketplace.com.

 

MarketPlace PHL Adds To Leadership Team

Dynise Espeleta_PHL reduced3Company announces New Manager of Marketing and Customer Service

PHILADELPHIA Feb. 22, 2017 — Marketplace, the management company for the award-winning retail program at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), is pleased to announce the addition of Dynise Espeleta as manager of marketing and customer service.

Espeleta will head the marketing initiatives for the approximately 170 in-line stores and kiosks that comprise the highly recognized food and retail program at MarketPlace PHL. With a thorough understanding of retailer business strategies and corporate marketing initiatives, Espeleta will lead the charge in developing the company’s existing marketing presence to drive new business.

Espeleta comes to MarketPlace PHL from Westfield Corp., where she served as the marketing associate for the Los Angeles District. While at Westfield, Espeleta managed marketing directives for four Westfield properties and successfully leveraged national and local campaigns to drive sales and traffic – expertise that she brings to her new position at MarketPlace.

“We look forward to seeing Dynise’s dynamic skillset in action,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “We are pleased to welcome her to our team.”

A graduate of California State University, Espeleta brings to MarketPlace PHL a keen eye for consumer interest. Her coordination of retailer and corporate collaborations has led to high traffic results in-store and on social media platforms and increased engagement between brands and customers.

For more information about the Philadelphia Marketplace, please visit www.philamarketplace.com.

About MarketPlace PHL, LLC

MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is the private partner with the City of Philadelphia in the management of the food and retail programs throughout Philadelphia International Airport. The award-winning program offers more than 170+ shops, restaurants and services. The MarketPlace PHL portfolio features local Philly favorites, as well as regional and national brands. MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is a partnership between MarketPlace Development, a Boston-based airport retail development firm, and LeJeune & Associates, a Philadelphia-based retail development, management and consulting firm. For more information, visit www.philamarketplace.com.

Washington’s Airports Unveil Phase 5 of Retail Redevelopment Program

November 17, 2016

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport announced the latest offerings in their comprehensive concessions overhaul, which began nearly three years ago, to improve the travel experience by offering broader food and retail options to reflect famous global brands and the unique flavors of the National Capital region.

Among the new concepts will be the region’s first airport Chick-Fil-A, with its family friendly menu along with Pei Wei, freshly prepared Asian-fusion cuisine. Additionally, a second Wolfgang Puck restaurant will join the expanded list of celebrity chef-driven concepts at Reagan National and Dulles International airports. One of the most innovative additions in the lineup will be the Washington Redskins Burgundy and Gold restaurant.

“As part of the airport’s mission, we have focused on the passenger experience and that extends to the shopping and dining options available at Reagan National and Dulles International airports,” said Jerome L. Davis, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “When passengers travel through Dulles International and Reagan National, their journey will include concessions offerings that reflect passenger preferences and expectations for Washington’s airports.”

The new Washington Redskins-themed restaurant, named the “Burgundy & Gold Club,” will be accompanied by a stand-alone exhibit featuring the storied history of the Redskins NFL team since moving to the nation’s capital nearly eight decades ago.

“We are excited to partner with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to bring a Redskins themed restaurant to Dulles International Airport,” said Terry Bateman, Washington Redskins executive vice president. “The Redskins have been part of the Washington, D.C., region since 1937, and having a presence at Dulles International Airport – a premiere gateway to the Capital Region – is a natural fit.”

The Redskins-themed restaurant, along with shops and restaurants distinctive to the Washington region, are part of an effort to give Reagan National and Dulles International airports “a stronger sense of place,” said Chryssa Westerlund, Airports Authority vice president of marketing and consumer strategy. “As soon as people step off their planes, we want to create an immediate image of the nation’s capital by providing a ‘look and feel’ of this unique area.”

During the past 30 months, the Airports Authority and its concession manager, MarketPlace Development, have added more than 120 shops and restaurants at Reagan National and Dulles International, aimed at enriching the passengers’ journey by creating a sample of what the region has to offer.

“As we begin our Phase 5 round of introducing new concessions at the airports, we remain focused on representing the diversity of the region we serve in the food and retail offerings to our passengers,” said Steve Baker, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority deputy vice president for customer and concession development, who has led the transformation effort. “Our concessions are giving passengers variety with local, regional and national flair that we hope will enhance their overall travel experience.”

Passengers at Dulles International can now indulge in a selection of specialty brands and local favorites, including: Burberry, Montblanc, L’Occitane, Michael Kors, Swarovski, Coach, Estee Lauder/M.A.C, Kiehl’s, Thomas Pink, Tumi, Vera Bradley, Vineyard Vines, American Tap Room, &pizza, Bracket Room, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, District ChopHouse, Smashburger, D.C.’s own Chef Geoff’s, and ABC’s “The Chew” host Chef Michael Symon’s Bar Symon.

Passengers at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport can now enjoy noteworthy offerings that include: D.C.’s iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl, Chef Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Taverna, Chef Richard Sandoval’s El Centro, Bracket Room, ABC’s “The Chew” host and Top Chef alumnus Carla Hall’s partnership with Page restaurant, Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s partnership with Reservoir restaurant, Legal Sea Foods, Lebanese Taverna, Taylor Gourmet, Cava Mezza Grill, American Tap Room, &pizza, Spanx, Tumi, Brighton, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste and Vineyard Vines.

By early summer, passengers will see the four-year concessions transformation plan nearing its conclusion. The new variety will include healthy options, luxury brands and nationally recognized food and retail. A full list of stores and restaurants at Dulles International can be found here, and a list of offerings at Reagan National can be found here.

About MarketPlace Development

MarketPlace Development develops and manages airport retail programs across the country.  A recognized industry leader for over 20 years, MarketPlace Development works in partnership with airports and airlines to enhance passenger satisfaction and maximize revenue. The Massachusetts-based company is responsible for the concessions programs at LaGuardia Airport – Terminal B, Philadelphia International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport, and has also worked with numerous airports and airlines across the country. Visit www.marketplacedevelopment.com for more information.

 

MarketPlace PHL Flies for Families in Annual Plane Pull

Team Raises Money and Awareness for Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House

May 17, 2016

PHL Plane Pull

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) Team members from MarketPlace PHL came together for the eighth annual Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH) Plane Pull event. The team raised a total of $2,854 for the PRMH.

The Plane Pull is a tug-of-war event in which teams attempt to pull a plane over a designated distance in the shortest amount of time. The event was held on Atlantic Aviation’s tarmac, and all the funds raised for PRMH benefit local families in need.

“MarketPlace PHL and its teams of merchants have a passion for giving back to the community, and we look forward to the Plane Pull every year,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “To come together as a team and ‘pull for the house’ is always great fun, and made all the more enjoyable knowing that we’re doing it for a great cause.”

In-kind donations of food and refreshments were made by merchants for participants to enjoy during the event. This year’s participating merchants included Wright Food Services, Paradies Lagardere, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Jack Duggan’s Pub & Restaurant, McDonald’s, LeBus, Villa Pizza, Starbucks, OTG, Philly Pretzel Factory, Good 2 Go, and Sweet Flights.

Several merchants from MarketPlace PHL created their own teams to compete at the event, including Chickie’s & Pete’s, OTG and New York Ice Cream, Inc. These teams raised a collective $19,790. In addition, employees of Vino Volo, Philadelphia America, Lick and Ruby Blue joined the MarketPlace PHL team.

The purpose of the Plane Pull is support the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, which provides a second home for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at local hospitals. The group operates two homes in the Philadelphia area, including the very the first Ronald McDonald House, founded in 1974, which is now the model for 300 Houses throughout the world.

To find out more information about the PRMH, please visit www.philarmh.org.

About MarketPlace PHL, LLC

MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is the private partner with the City of Philadelphia in the management of the food and retail program throughout Philadelphia International Airport. The award-winning program consists of over 170 stores, restaurants and services, featuring regional, national and international brands as well as local Philadelphia favorites. MarketPlace also manages approximately 20 specialty carts and kiosks throughout all seven terminals. MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is a partnership between MarketPlace Development, a Boston-based airport retail development firm, and LeJeune & Associates, a Philadelphia-based retail development, management and consulting firm. For more information, visit www.philamarketplace.com.

Media Contact:
Emily Adams
For MarketPlace PHL
267-932-8760 ext. 308
emily@nullhornercom.com

Retailers and Restaurateurs Invited to Launch their Business at PHL

Airport Holds Leasing Outreach Forum for Local, National and Global Brands

PHILADELPHIA – April 25, 2016 – A leasing outreach forum hosted by MarketPlace PHL, LLC, and the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Aviation will take place on Thursday, May 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the Airport Marriott. At the event, local, regional and national retailers, quick service food operators and restaurateurs will learn about the new business opportunities available in the robust concessions program at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

Businesses will have the opportunity to hear about the strong retail and food/beverage program at PHL, as well as learn about locations that will become available throughout the airport. The forum will also serve as a networking opportunity to foster communication and fortify business relationships and new jobs in Philadelphia.

The fast-paced atmosphere of PHL gives merchants an opportunity to take advantage of high passenger traffic – 30.8 million passengers annually – and a strong demand for quality dining and retail. PHL boasts 183,000 square feet of concession space and supports more than 20,000 airport employees.

“Philadelphia International Airport is home to a wide array of merchants representing global and local brands,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “We are excited to show potential tenants how PHL can become their new home and help grow their businesses.”

The Airport Marriott is located at Terminal B, 1 Arrivals Road, Philadelphia. To attend the forum, please register online. For more information, call 215-937-1200 or visit www.philamarketplace.com.

About MarketPlace PHL, LLC

MarketPlace PHL, LLC is the private partner with the City of Philadelphia in the management of the food and retail program throughout Philadelphia International Airport. The award-winning program consists of over 170 stores, restaurants and services, featuring regional, national and international brands as well as local Philadelphia favorites. MarketPlace also manages approximately 20 specialty carts and kiosks throughout all seven terminals. MarketPlace PHL, LLC, is a partnership between MarketPlace Development, a Boston-based airport retails development firm, and LeJeune & Associates, a Philadelphia-based retail development, management and consulting firm. For more information, visit www.philamarketplace.com.

Media Contact:
Emily Adams
MarketPlace PHL
267-932-8760 ext. 308
emily@nullhornercom.com

MarketPlace Development Receives National Inclusion Award from Airports Council International

Business Diversity Award given to only one company each year that does business with airports

April 11, 2016

Left to Right: Maureen Riley, ACI-NA Chair; Clarence LeJeune, President of LeJeune and Associates; Paul McGinn, President of MarketPlace Development; Michael DiCosola, Executive Vice President of MarketPlace Development; and Kevin M. Burke, ACI-NA President and CEO

(Boston, MA) MarketPlace Development announced today that they have been honored with the 2016 Airports Council International-North America Inclusion Champion Award, given to only one company each year that does business with airports.

Boston-based MarketPlace Development was recognized for its successful, innovative and sustainable practices that demonstrate commitment to diversity in airport business contracting, workforce inclusion and professional development in the airport industry. MarketPlace Development, a New England Development company and one of the nation’s premier airport retail development and management firms, was honored for its strong commitment to the inclusion of businesses that represent the diversity in the regions where the company develops and manages airport retail programs. MarketPlace’s dedicated approach to ensuring the participation of small, local and diverse businesses has resulted in the inclusion of these merchants at Philadelphia International Airport, LaGuardia Airport Terminal B, Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport.

In receiving ACI-NA’s Inclusion Champion Award, Paul McGinn, President of MarketPlace Development, thanked ACI-NA for the honor and recognized the MarketPlace staff for their strong and demonstrated commitment to the inclusion of businesses that represent the diversity in the regions in which MarketPlace does business. “Our MarketPlace staff in Boston, New York, DC, and Philadelphia should take pride in this award,” he commented. “It is their work that enabled MarketPlace to be recognized for being in the forefront of providing meaningful participation by Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in all aspects of our business.”

The award was presented during an awards gala April 5th at the ACI-NA Business of Airports Conference in Orlando, FL. The conference was attended by nearly 500 commercial management, human resource, and finance executives from the North American airport industry. In the words of Kevin M. Burke, ACI-NA President and CEO, “The Inclusion Champion Award celebrates exceptional achievement in promoting and sustaining diversity throughout the airport industry’s workforce. Diversity is good business and we are proud to recognize our airport and associate members who are committed to promoting inclusion.” 

MarketPlace Development

MarketPlace Development, a New England Development company, creates world-class airport retail environments in partnership with airports and airlines that increase passenger satisfaction, contribute to airports’ revenue streams, and more than deliver on retailers’ expectations. A forward-looking real estate company, MarketPlace elevates the passenger experience at airports across the country through the development and management of airport concessions programs. MarketPlace’s concessions programs at LaGuardia Airport, Philadelphia International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and Washington Dulles International Airport have helped transform these airports into welcoming transportation hubs offering passengers sought-after national brands and popular local stores and eateries.  Visit www.marketplacedevelopment.com.

New England Development

For over thirty-five years, New England Development has taken a creative, entrepreneurial approach to real estate development and management—delivering and sustaining successful projects across a wide range of property types. These projects transform complex challenges into preferred locations, generate long-term value to communities, afford compelling opportunities for local and national businesses, and offer sought-after experiences to a wide range of consumers.

The company is acclaimed for creating some of the country’s most widely-recognized and successful regional centers, as well as multifaceted developments that combine retail, residential, hotel, and office uses. Outlet centers, high-end and street-front retail, airport retail, golf courses, restaurants, and marinas round out New England Development’s robust portfolio.

Propelled by a senior management team led by Chairman and founder Stephen R. Karp, Vice Chairman Steven S. Fischman, and President Douglass E. Karp, New England Development has more than 50 million square feet of retail, commercial, and hospitality space to its credit. With deep roots and experience in all aspects of the development, management, and operations of distinctive properties, New England Development is a partner that constructively anticipates and responds to the changing needs of retailers, shoppers, travelers, mariners, diners, investors, and civic leaders.

Contact:
Deborah Black
617-243-7363
DBlack@nullNEDevelopment.com

Wolfgang Puck’s New Restaurant at Washington Dulles Opens for Business

4/1/2016 | Source: Airport World | By Joe Bates [Read Original Article]

The new full service restaurant, The Kitchen, by celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck, is now open for business at Washington Dulles International Airport.

The new full service restaurant, The Kitchen, by celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck, is now open for business at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Located next to Gate 22 in Concourse A, the new addition to the airport’s F&B facilities provides a full-service restaurant, bar, and to-go counter and offerings ranging from house-made waffles, French-style omeletts and Chesapeake Bay crab cakes to a variety of artisanal pizzas.

The opening is part of the comprehensive concessions redevelopment programme undertaken by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

Operated by Air Ventures LLC, The Kitchen’s menu imbues Wolfgang’s elevated take on made-from-scratch, global comfort fare using the freshest locally sourced ingredients.

”I’m excited to introduce my newest concept to Dulles International and to the many visitors to the DC area,” said Puck.

Marketplace Development

“Similar to our restaurant The Source in Penn Quarter, we will be using only the best ingredients for our menus. My team and I look forward to welcoming you and hope you enjoy the restaurant as much as we do.”

According to Dulles opearator, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), the openong ensures that travellers at Dulles International can now enjoy the relaxing ambiance while indulging in a selection of seasonally focused, signature dishes and new items created with the IAD traveller in mind.

The revamp of its retail and F&B offerings has been carried out in collaboration with concessions manager, MarketPlace Development.

“Over the past two years, we have transformed the shopping and dining options at Dulles to provide our passengers with a world-class travel experience,” says MWAA’s vice president for customer and concessions redevelopment, Steve Baker.

“Whether a passenger’s journey begins, ends or just passes through Dulles International, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck will provide a welcome relief where they can enjoy great food and drink options on their travels.”

Creating First And Last Impressions Of A City

3/27/2016 | Source: Banker & Tradesman | By Steve Adams [Read Original Article]

Paul McGinn
Title: President, Marketplace Development
Age: 60
Experience: 36 years

Over 100 million East Coast air travelers rely on Boston-based Marketplace Development every year when they need to grab last-minute travel supplies or lunch during a layover. The nation’s second-largest airport concessions manager, Marketplace develops and manages retail services at Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National, Philadelphia International Airport and Laguardia Airport’s terminal B. Paul McGinn co-founded Marketplace with Robert Weinberg, a fellow former Massport real estate executive. Although structured as a separate company, Marketplace shares its offices at Park Plaza in Boston with New England Development, and it partners with NED on financing, leasing and marketing services.

Q: How does the Marketplace business model work?

A: We saw an opportunity in the early ’90s as some airports were beginning to question the model they were using for developing the concessions within their terminals. Most of them handled it in-house through an RFP, typically for “retail,” which was shorthand for newsstands and food and beverages. Two operators would get control of the whole terminal. Typically they were selected on a high-bid basis, meaning a high rental payment to the airport. And they were given a significant term to operate their concessions. Ten years would be on the short end of a deal.

The problem was it was the same model as anyplace that gets accused of treating the public as a captive audience; the airport was getting its money, but it wasn’t getting good service or street prices. It was cultivating an environment that was leading to dissatisfaction in the traveling public. So some airports started using the developer model, where companies like ours would be given the opportunity to come up with a development plan and service activities within the terminal.

Q: So there’s a bigger capital investment?

A: Think about it the way a developer approaches any project from conceptualizing to planning. There’s goals that are non-economic, like local and minority participation. There’s an agenda of items the airport is looking to optimize. The developer is an important part of that plan. In many cases, places where we work have required us to bring investment to it. That investment gets put into the terminals in soft costs, planning and design, infrastructure. Sometimes these buildings need significant investment. There’s investment in graphics and design and sign work. It’s an environment where people move quickly. It’s a comprehensive approach.

Q: Does the airport operator generally give you direction on the mix of tenants, uses and local versus national retailers?

A: Typically we give them a plan that is trying to achieve the goals they lay out. It’s their real estate, ultimately, so they have rights of approval. And then we work with them to lease it and to manage it. We’re very conscious of getting the mix right, in the variety of food types and being aware of what gets in in terms of local brands versus national brands. A lot of airports are looking for a “sense of place.” In a world where things have become fairly homogenized, airports tend to see themselves – correctly – as being gateways to their communities. It’s really important, in that the first and last impression many people have of a community is coming and going from an airport.

So local tenants create that sense of place. In Washington, we put in a place called Ben’s Chili Bowl. It’s an iconic Washington institution that’s been there for 50 years. You see clips of the president having a Chili Half Smoke there when he slips out of the White House.

Q: How are deals structured?

A: Like the deals in any commercial project, typically we are looking for a minimum rent and some percentage participation as sales levels go up. The airport spaces tend to be appealing because there’s predictable traffic. There’s long hours of operation, but the return is there because there is traffic at 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. So the rent deals reflect there’s significant opportunity there. It’s an environment where the primary function is not retail. Operating costs and construction costs are high because you’re doing things in a secure environment. There are limits on hours of construction, which affect cost. Those things affect the economics of the deal.

Q: What retail categories thrive in an airport more than in a typical shopping mall?

A: Given the changes in aviation over the past decade, you used to fly anywhere and got something to eat. Once in a while, it was even half-decent. Now the world has changed. Unlike a shopping mall, the dominant demand is on the food and beverage side. For us, that’s where a lot of the action is. It used to be in airports, the key component was the newsstand. That world has changed too. Readables have changed to electronic format. Hudson News and all of the companies have turned more to convenience shops. They call themselves “travel essentials.” It is more sundries, beverages, grab-and-go snack items, a lot of electronics.

Q: Do most airports currently regulate retail pricing?

A: In the jargon in the business it’s called “street pricing.” The fundamental concept is to mirror prices on the street. In some places they modify to say it’s OK to have “street-plus” – some margin. In some cases that’s appropriate, because it reflects that it’s more expensive to operate there.

Q: Interested in expanding to your hometown airport?

A: (Logan) is coming up (for a new contract) later this year. It’s something we’re very interested in. It would be a great opportunity to do something right in our hometown. Massport is going to make their announcement later, but our understanding it will involve all five terminals.

McGinn’s Five Favorite Ski Areas:

  1. Alta, Utah
  2. Whistler/Blackomb, British Columbia
  3. Big Sky, Montana
  4. Beaver Creek, Colorado
  5. Sugarbush, Vermont

In the Pink: DC Airports Prepare for Cherry Blossom Festival Crowds

3/18/2016 | Source: USA Today | By Harriet Baskas [Read Original Article]

Cherry blossom cookies will be available at DCA’s Cibo Express Market during cherry blossom season. (Photo: OTG Management)

It’s cherry blossom season in Washington, DC, and, after two revisions, the U.S. National Park Service now predicts that the peak bloom dates for the Yoshino cherry trees in the nation’s capital will be March 22-24.

Official events for the month-long National Cherry Blossom Festival (the 104th) have already begun and, as the first and last stop for many festival attendees, both Reagan National and Dulles International airports are doing their part with pink lighting and cherry blossom-themed activities and promotions.

Throughout the festival, the Main Terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport will be bathed in pink light each evening. There will also be pink lighting shining through the glass walls in the parking decks at Reagan National Airport, which will also be offering a special parking promotion so that festivalgoers can take the Metro into town.

“We want to help passengers enjoy their journey and embrace the cherry blossoms,” said Jack Potter, Airports Authority President and CEO, said in a statement. “Travelers will notice cherry blossom colors, themes and promotions as they walk through the airports or see the trees in bloom on the airport grounds.”

Stilt walkers dressed as cherry trees will visit both IAD and DCA airports. (Photo: Sidney Woods, MarketPlace Development)

In the airport terminals, both Reagan National and Dulles International will have free, interactive Cherry Blossom Festival photo booths set up and there will be stilt walkers dressed like cherry blossom trees roaming about on March 25, April 1, April 8 and April 15.

Both airports will also have special cherry blossom-themed food and retail promotions, including pink doughnuts, cookies and cocktails and a commemorative coaster set available as a free gift-with-purchase.

Harriet Baskas is a Seattle-based airports and aviation writer and USA TODAY Travel’s “At the Airport” columnist. She occasionally contributes to Ben Mutzabaugh’s Today in the Sky blog. Follow her at twitter.com/hbaskas.