Local Retailers/Restaurateurs Invited to Business Forum at Philadelphia International Airport

PHILADELPHIA —June 3, 2010 — Marketplace Philadelphia Management and Marketplace Development, in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia’s Division of Aviation will host a business forum on June 10 at 9:30 a.m. at the Airport Marriott, 1 Arrivals Road, Philadelphia. Local, regional and national retailers, quick service food operators and restaurateurs are invited to learn about new business opportunities that are available in the concessions program at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).
The purpose of the event is to discuss the retail and food/beverage program changes at Philadelphia International Airport and to inform qualified food, beverage and retail operators of locations that will become available. In addition, the airport and Marketplace Philadelphia aim to facilitate communication and encourage business relationships and new jobs in Philadelphia.
The airport environment presents an exciting opportunity for merchants to benefit from captive passenger traffic and a strong demand for quality dining and retail. Philadelphia International Airport gives merchants the potential to reach 31.8 million passengers each year. New projects such as the recently completed Terminal E expansion and the D/E Connector, which together have added a total of 13 new restaurants and shops to PHL, are always on the horizon.
“The business opportunities for both Philadelphia-area and national merchants at PHL are outstanding, and there’s even more potential for businesses to grow with the addition of new locations throughout the airport,” said Clarence LeJeune, President of Marketplace Philadelphia Management.
To attend the forum, please RSVP to Mignon Davis by June 8 at 215-937-1200 and include your contact information.

MarketPlace Philadelphia Management is the managing entity of the food and retail program throughout Philadelphia International Airport. The award-winning food and retail program consists of stores and eateries throughout all 7 terminals at Philadelphia International Airport. The airport features more than 160 in-line stores, restaurants and services, plus over 30 specialty retail units. MarketPlace Philadelphia Management is the local management company for MarketPlace Development, a Boston-based retail development firm that partners with airports and airlines to develop, lease, and manage airport retail programs. MarketPlace is an affiliate of New England Development a full service development company based in Newton, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.philamarketplace.com. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/phlfoodandshops and become a fan on Facebook.

Philadelphia International Airport is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia. The Airport is a self-sustaining entity that operates without the use of local tax dollars. It is one of the largest economic engines in Pennsylvania, generating an estimated $14.2 billion in spending to the regional economy and employing a workforce of nearly 42,000. Visit the official Philadelphia International Airport website at http://www.phl.org.