MARKETPLACE PHL PARTICIPATES IN ANNUAL PLANE PULL TO SUPPORT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

PRMH Plane Pull 2018

MarketPlace PHL team members and representatives from several merchants in the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) came together on May 5 for the 10th annual Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (PRMH) Plane Pull fundraiser event. Overall, the Plane Pull event raised more than $170,000 for the PRMH with the MarketPlace PHL team alone raising a total of $6,105 and winning the competition for their first time.

Plane Pull Event

The Plane Pull experience features teams from around the city competing against each other to determine which team can pull a 76,000-pound plane the fastest over a predetermined distance of 50 feet. This year, the 20-person MarketPlace PHL team won the competition by pulling the plane in the shortest time, 10.88 seconds.

The fundraiser competition was held on Atlantic Aviation’s tarmac and was comprised of 36 teams. In addition to MarketPlace, several of their merchants participated including Chickie’s & Pete’s, NYIC, OTG and HMS Host. For winning the competition, MarketPlace PHL received a trophy, individual medals for team members and a complimentary happy hour, followed by two hours of drink specials from the City Tap House. For the third year in a row, Chickie’s & Pete’s raised the most amount of money, $15,920.

Every year, airport merchants also support the event through in-kind donations of food and refreshments for the participants. Merchants that provided snacks and drinks include Piattino, Starbucks, HMS Host, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, La Colombe, Good 2 Go, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Paradies Lagardère, Stellar Partners, Hudson Group and Wright Food Services.

“The Plane Pull is one of our favorite events of the entire year. Many different teams come together to compete against one another, in order to help a greater cause,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “We had a great time and congratulate all participants on the fundraising success!”

PRMH Mission

The PRMH provides a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving treatment at Philadelphia-area hospitals. The Plane Pull event was created to raise funds and increase awareness for the services provided by the Ronald McDonald House, which operates two homes in the Philadelphia area. The original Ronald McDonald house was founded in Philadelphia in 1974 and is the model for 300 houses around the world.

To learn more about the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, visit Philarmh.org.

MarketPlace PHL at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) named Cantina Laredo, located in Concourse E, and L’Occitane, located in the B/C Connector, as the Restaurant and Retailer of the 2017-2018 Third Quarter.

The Merchants of the Quarter are determined through the Cutting EDGE! (Excellence Drives Great Experiences) Program, which is in place to motivate and reward merchants throughout the year. EDGE points are earned by delivering superb customer service and by participating in airport marketing programs. The merchants with the most points at the end of each quarter are named Merchants of the Quarter.

Cantina Laredo offers authentic Mexican food inspired by the cuisine of Mexico City with a modern twist – an unexpected ingredient or a signature sauce. Dips, including fresh guacamole prepared tableside to your liking, soups, salads, tapas and full platters are some of the many highlights of the Mexican-style menu. The restaurant also provides full bar service to passengers looking to relax before and after their flights. Salud!

L’Occitane is a global and natural-ingredient based facial care, body care and fragrance brand with strong regional roots in Provence, France. The company, which began producing essential oils locally, expanded production to include soaps and creams. They are inspired by the land and have a desire to bring natural beauty to homes around the world. Passengers can purchase a range of products for face, body and hair, as well as items for the home, travel and gifts.

“We demand high standards for customer service every day and the Cutting EDGE! Program spotlights our very best merchants,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “Congratulations to Cantina Laredo and L’Occitane for earning this honor!”

Delight your taste buds with special menu items at Concourse B locations

Calling all foodies! MarketPlace PHL at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) will hold its annual Foodie Week from March 12 to March 18. Travelers and airport employees are invited to partake in special culinary offerings all week long from seven merchants in Concourse B. Participating eateries include Baba Bar, Boule Café, Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar, Germantown Biergarten, Love Grille, Mezzogiorno and Noobar. The special menu meals are just $12.

Foodie Week occurs yearly and is an opportunity for MarketPlace PHL to show appreciation to its travelers and employees. From March 12 to March 18, the seven restaurants will each have a select entree discounted for everyone to enjoy. The offers for each are as follows:

  • Baba Bar: Harissa Chicken Sandwich – Grilled chicken, harissa, manchego, carrot, cucumber and ciabatta 
  • Boule Café: French Onion Grilled Cheese – Grilled sourdough, provolone and gruyère cheeses, and French onion jam
  • Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar: Shrimp Calabrese – Orecchiette and shrimp tossed leeks, tomatoes and butter sauce, served over Calabrian chili whipped ricotta
  • Germantown Biergarten: Cheddar Brat Platter – Cheddar brat served on a brioche roll with kettle chips, sauerkraut and house-made mustard
  • Love Grille: Cheesesteak Hoagie – Shaved ribeye, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion, served on a long roll
  • Mezzogiorno: Short Rib and Tomato Pizza – White pizza with braised short ribs, roasted tomatoes and red onion
  • Noobar: Spicy Chicken Fried Rice – Spicy chicken fried rice, chicken, kimchee and chili crisp

“Every year, we love to treat our PHL passengers and employees with Foodie Week,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “For only $12, guests can enjoy gourmet meals from top-notch restaurants in Concourse B.”

MarketPlace PHL at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) names Chickie’s & Pete’s and Hudson News as the 2017-2018 second quarter restaurant and retail Merchants of the Quarter.

The Merchants of the Quarter are determined by MarketPlace PHL’s award-winning customer service program, the Cutting EDGE! (Excellence Drives Great Experiences). The program motivates and rewards merchants based on delivering superb customer service and participation in airport marketing initiatives by awarding EDGE points. The merchants that earn the most EDGE points at the end of each quarter are awarded the restaurant and retail Merchant of the Quarter trophy.

Chickie's and Pete's Merchant of the Quarter

Chickie’s & Pete’s, located in Concourse A-West near Gate A22, is Philadelphia’s sports bar and crab house. Chickie’s offers the combination of an easy-going atmosphere with game-day excitement. The classic menu offers crab fries, seafood, sandwiches, pizza, wings and more. The restaurant also provides full bar service to travelers looking to relax before and after their flights.

Hudson News Merchants of the Quarter

Located in Concourse F by Gates F9, F11 and F22, Hudson News offers a quick one-stop shopping experience for necessities, reading materials and a variety of packaged snacks and foods to go. Hudson News has the skills, experience and know-how to tailor a retail concessions outlet to meet your every need.

“We’re super excited to announce Chickie’s & Pete’s and Hudson News as Merchants of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2017-2018,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “These two businesses are staples at PHL airport and both go above and beyond to deliver great experiences.”

MarketPlace PHL adds two new shops to D/E Connector

MarketPlace PHL announces Timeless Travel and Tous are open for business, with Tous making its United States airport debut. MarketPlace PHL, the management company responsible for the concessions program at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, Jan. 29.

Timeless Travel

Timeless Travel carries the finest assortment of luxury watches and is conveniently located in airports across the globe. From classic leather bands to dazzling clock faces, Timeless Travel offers a wide selection of high-end wrist watches with designs to satisfy every consumer’s style. Longines, Montblanc and Chopard are among the deluxe list of brands sold at the store.

Tous

Tous is an international lifestyle brand of jewelry and accessories that combines innovative design with traditional craftsmanship, resulting in accessible luxury. It has earned customers’ trust and adapted to their needs in each region where the brand is sold. Tous’ mission is to be loved throughout the world for offering jewelry and accessories to accompany all of life’s moments.

“We’re very pleased to offer PHL travelers and employees a little extra sparkle at the airport,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “It’s fitting that one of the world’s busiest airports help travelers arrive fashionably on time and in style.”

MarketPlace PHL, the restaurant and retail concessions management company at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), launches its winter Jazz Series in honor of Black History Month on Thursday, Feb. 1 and debuts celebrated African American art. The Jazz Series will continue every Thursday in February from 4-5 p.m.

Travelers passing through PHL will enjoy the soulful sounds of live old-school jazz, performed by Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble. The group is led by Warren “Butch” Oree, who is no stranger to instrumental music. Oree has had a longstanding interest in the upright bass and started Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble in the mid-70s. Today, the band is actively involved with Woodmere Museum’s Friday Night Jazz Series and educational programs in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

MarketPlace PHL has also partnered with Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection to provide historical photos by John W. Mosley, a photojournalist of 20th century Philadelphia who chronicled the vitality of the black community and life in the segregated city from the 1930’s through the height of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s. His photographs can be seen all month long on the B/C and F Food Court Tables.

“We are more than proud to honor Black History Month this February,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “To feature the sounds of smooth jazz and famous photography within two of the airport’s food courts, our travelers are definitely in for a treat.”

With all new retail and restaurant offerings, there is something special for everybody

In time for the holiday season, MarketPlace PHL and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) have opened new retail and restaurant offerings throughout the concourses.

Come to the airport early, get through security and shop for your loved ones. MarketPlace PHL has more than 170 retail and restaurant offerings where finding the right gift for friends and family is made easy. Between the best-selling books written and signed by award-winning chef and ABC’s “The Chew” co-host Michael Symon, Pandora jewelry, Tumi travel must-haves, Victoria’s Secret pajama sets and Philadelphia memorabilia, there is something special for everyone on your gift list.

Travelers can also take advantage of complimentary gift wrapping available now through Sunday, Dec. 24 in the B/C Connector for all purchases made at PHL. If traveler’s gifts get unwrapped at the security check point, they are able to take them to the B/C Connector with their TSA assigned voucher and have the gift wrapped in a jiffy.

With luxury retail brands such as Furla, Johnston & Murphy, Tous and others, travelers can find the newest styles available this season. PHL also offers passengers selections from retailers carrying the best electronics, wines, fashion accessories and more.

“With so many new retail and restaurant options available at the airport, our travelers are sure to find unique gifts for even the hardest person to shop for on their holiday lists,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL.

PHL has also recently opened several new celebrity chef-run eateries that rival some of Philadelphia’s hottest restaurants. Passengers looking to sit down and relax before or after their flight can enjoy an expertly prepared meal from chefs like Nicholas Elmi at Baba Bar or a wide assortment of beer, wine, and spirits curated by Jon Myerow and Michael McCaulley at Germantown Biergarten.

Other new restaurants that have recently opened in Concourse B include Boule Café, Love Grille, Mezzogiorno and Noobar. PHL has also welcomed new quick-serve options and Philly favorites that include La Colombe, Smashburger, Bruegger’s Bagels and more. For travelers in a hurry, all the eateries throughout the airport offer the “Take Out for Take Off” program, which enables passengers to bring their favorite food with them on the plane.

Jack Duggan's Pub & Restaurant and Kiehl's receive Marketplace PHL Merchants of the Quarter

MarketPlace PHL at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) named Jack Duggan’s Pub & Restaurant and Kiehl’s as the 2017-2018 first quarter restaurant and retail Merchants of the Quarter.

The Merchants of the Quarter are determined by MarketPlace PHL’s award-winning customer service program, the Cutting EDGE! (Excellence Drives Great Experiences). The program motivates and rewards merchants based on delivering superb customer service and participation in airport marketing initiatives by awarding EDGE points. The merchants that earn the most EDGE points at the end of each quarter are awarded the restaurant and retail Merchant of the Quarter trophy.

Jack Duggan’s Pub & Restaurant, located in, offers the combination of a relaxed atmosphere with pub-style food that has become a favorite for passengers. The menu offers deli sandwiches, salads, traditional pub fare and more. The restaurant also provides full bar service to travelers looking to relax before and after their flights.

Located in Concourse F by Gate F8, Kiehl’s provides busy travelers in a hurry with access to fine quality skin, body and hair care products. The company places great care in selecting only natural elements that provide proven benefits to hair and skin care for all of its products.

“Congratulations to both Jack Duggan’s Pub & Restaurant and Kiehl’s for achieving such a high standard in customer service,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL.

Travelers looking for last-minute gifts have more options at Philadelphia International Airport

MarketPlace PHL announced two new merchant openings ahead of the busy holiday travel season. Travelers now have even more shopping opportunities at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to pick up some of the best gifts available this holiday season.

On Friday, Nov. 3, MarketPlace PHL celebrated the opening of a new Furla location in Concourse A-West near Gate 17. Guests traveling in and out of PHL now have access to a high-end retailer of Italian lifestyle merchandise. Furla provides a contemporary aesthetic for men and women seeking value, beauty and creativity. Furla offers expertly crafted Italian shoes, bags and accessories in a wide range of styles and sizes.

Just steps away, MAC Cosmetics, a favorite among beauty fans, also opened a new location in Concourse A-West. MAC offers travelers access to a variety of makeup to freshen up any style on the go. The globally-recognized brand — often referred to as a cosmetic candy store — is fully stocked with colorful lipsticks, blush, mascaras, eye shadows and several more beauty essentials.

We’re always introducing new offerings to provide our passengers with the latest brands and fashions, as well as contemporary restaurants,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “Whether you’re in a hurry, have time to explore or just want a place to relax, there is a wide selection of eateries and retail options for travelers to enjoy.”

Celebrate fall at Philadelphia International Airport with live jazz ensembles

Travelers passing through Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) will enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz this fall. MarketPlace PHL, the restaurant and retail concessions management company at PHL, launched it fall Jazz Series on Friday, Oct. 6 and will continue the series by hosting new musicians every Friday October from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Come enjoy the jazz themes as musicians perform live on the B/C Connector stage. By providing easy access for travelers to move throughout the airport without the need to pass through additional security gates, passengers can swing by the stage and enjoy the music.

Upcoming performances include:

  • Oct. 13: Paula Johns Trio
  • Oct. 20: Cintron Latin Jazz
  • Oct. 27: Eric Wortham

“Passengers are encouraged to stop by before their flight; start the weekend with live music, good food and shopping before their trip,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “With more than 82,000 busy travelers passing through the airport every day, it’s important to create unique opportunities for our passengers to take a moment and enjoy the experience.”

Chef Michael Symon opens Bar Symon at Philadelphia International Airport

MarketPlace PHL and the Philadelphia International Airport congratulate Chef Michael Symon on the successful opening of Bar Symon in Concourse D. With locations in Pittsburgh International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, Bar Symon is quickly becoming a well-known destination for busy travelers seeking a cozy place to relax before and after flights.

Chef Symon became well-known after winning the first season of “The Next Iron Chef” and is now best known as one of the hosts on ABC’s “The Chew.” His Bar Symon restaurants offer busy passengers hearty comfort food in an energetic tap house environment. Menu selections include signature dishes like the award-winning Fat Doug burger, a pulled pork sandwich with coffee barbeque sauce and a potato and cheese pierogi. Bar Symon is equipped with power outlets and flight status screens so travelers can recharge and keep track of their next flight.

Bar Symon worked with two local organizations to certify and prepare prospective employees to work in the food industry. Unite Here Local 274, the labor union which represents hotel and food service workers, and Philly Concession Enterprises, a company that operates airport restaurants, trained the personnel. In total, 76 Philadelphia residents went through the process and were hired as servers, bartenders and cooks at the restaurant.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chef Symon and his newest Bar Symon restaurant to Philadelphia International Airport,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “Bringing award-winning chefs and exciting restaurant options to our passengers greatly improves their travels.”