Food & Shops at LaGuardia Airport Celebrates First Wave of Upgrades at Terminal B

Brand New Shops, Restaurants and Free ChargeBar Are Unveiled

QUEENS, N.Y., Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The first wave of upgrades have hit LaGuardia's Terminal B.  Airport retail developer, MarketPlace Development, announced today the opening of exciting new shops, restaurants and services as part of an overall plan to upgrade the Food & Shops program as planning continues on a new terminal.  

Located in the center of the terminal, Tumi, Lacoste and Eddie Bauer kickoff the transformation on the Departures Level.  These stores add an upmarket sophistication to the retail program. Tumi, a recognized leader in luxury, offers travel, business and lifestyle accessories. A revolutionary clothing legend since 1921, Lacoste provides innovative apparel, shoes and accessories for the discerning traveler. Eddie Bauer offers premium-quality clothing, accessories and gear for men and women that complement today's modern outdoor lifestyle.

Delicious new restaurant options include Sorrentine Panini Bar, featuring Mediterranean fare; Bowery Bay Tavern offering traditional tavern staples with an innovative twist, and Six Blocks Bakery, which serves pastries from the famed Balthazar Bakery in Manhattan. 

"We've been hard at work this summer so that we can provide passengers with a new and improved experience at LaGuardia," says Paul McGinn, president of MarketPlace Development. "We think passengers will be delighted with the new dining and shopping options at Terminal B."

Passenger services have also been upgraded. The Centurion Lounge(SM) by American Express opened in late summer and offers modern, luxurious lounge services to Amex card holders. Located on the 3rd floor, the lounge has received high praise and accolades by both passengers and media.

Temporary ChargeBars have been installed in two store locations that are awaiting construction. The ChargeBars provide passengers with a beautiful, quiet workspace where they can charge up for free, from 10am-7pm, daily. 

"These new shops, restaurants, and amenities will enhance the travel experience, and we look forward to adding more dining and retail options for our travelers as we continue our overall initiatives to further modernize LaGuardia Airport," said Lysa Scully, the airport's general manager.

Grand opening specials and a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held to celebrate the new additions.

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's 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.

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Food & Shops at LaGuardia Airport
MarketPlace Development is the private partner with The Port Authority of NY and NJ in the $18 million, 47,000-square-foot redevelopment of the food and retail program at Terminal B, the largest of LaGuardia's four terminals.  The award-winning program features 60 restaurants and specialty shops.

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About The Port Authority of NY & NJ
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit online.

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