PHILADELPHIA — Dec. 17, 2013 — If you’re traveling through Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) this month, keep an eye out for the newest set of shopkeepers. Four students from The Enterprise Center will take on the role of owner and operator for a day at two of the airport’s retail kiosks.

The students range in age from 15-17 years old, and each will be responsible for the merchandising and operations of his or her own kiosk at the airport. They will be selling Philly-themed t-shirts, scarves and handbags, organic Shea butter personal care items and baked goods. The kiosks will be open from 7 a.m.—7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 in the B/C Connector Food Court.

“The airport is the perfect environment for any small business owner to launch their products or service,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace Philadelphia Management. “We’re excited to give these students an opportunity to test their products, and skills, in a dynamic retail setting.”

Since 1997, The Enterprise Center Leaders About Business program has provided innovative and award-winning programs that give young people a forum to explore entrepreneurship, develop leadership skills and serve their communities as they create viable career options for the future.

The students represent three local Philadelphia high schools: Franklin Learning Center High, Parkway West High School and Mast Community Charter High.

“We’re thankful that the airport and Philadelphia MarketPlace have given these students a venue for their first foray into a small business,” said Malyka Sankofa, program director for The Enterprise Center Leaders About Business. “They’ve spent a great deal of time and effort preparing for this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to seeing it come to life on Dec. 20.”

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MarketPlace Development (MarketPlace) develops and manages airport retail programs across the country. A recognized industry leader for more than 20 years, MarketPlace 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 Philadelphia International Airport, in concert with its management firm MarketPlace Philadelphia Management; LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport. MarketPlace has also worked with numerous other airports and with airlines across the country.

Emily Watts
For MarketPlace Philadelphia Management
267-932-8760 Ext.308

Anna DiGregorio
MarketPlace Philadelphia Management