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MARKETPLACE PHL AND PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AWARDS 2015-2016 MERCHANT OF THE YEAR


September 14, 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

MARKETPLACE PHL AND PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AWARDS 2015-2016 MERCHANT OF THE YEAR
Sky Asian Bistro Takes Home Coveted Title during Annual Award Ceremony

PHILADELPHIA — September 14, 2016 — The Philadelphia Marketplace at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) awarded its Merchant of the Year distinction to Sky Asian Bistro during the annual EDGIE awards event aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. Sky Asian Bistro, located in Concourse C, took home a $1,000 prize, the EDGE! Trophy and the coveted title of “Merchant of the Year” for 2015-2016.

Rahim Essahli, Tom DiStefano and Eugene Judge of Sky Asian Bistro were welcomed on stage to accept the award. Sky Asian Bistro offers PHL passengers fresh sushi and a variety of Asian fusion menu items in a relaxing, upscale setting, as well as to-go options for travelers on the move.

The Philadelphia Marketplace’s Cutting EDGE! Program (Excellence Drives Great Experiences) is designed to motivate and reward merchants for providing great customer service to passengers at PHL. Each merchant can earn EDGE! points for exceeding expectations through great customer service, marketing and training. At the end of each quarter, the merchant with the most points is named Merchant of the Quarter, and the merchant with the most points overall is named Merchant of the Year.

The restaurant and retail quarterly winners for 2015-2016 were as follows:

•         Q1: Vino Volo (B/C Connector) and Pandora (B/C Connector)
•         Q2: Legal Sea Foods (B/C Connector) and L’Occitane (B/C Connector)
•         Q3: Cibo Bistro & Wine Bar (Concourse B) and Fire & Ice (B/C Connector)
•         Q4: Sky Asian Bistro (Concourse C) and ROSTER (B/C Connector)

“We hold our merchants to high standards, and the team at Sky Asian Bistro goes above and beyond to provide exceptional service to customers,” said Mel Hannah, vice president and general manager of MarketPlace PHL. “We congratulate Rahim, Tom and Eugene, and the Sky Asian Bistro staff on receiving the Merchant of the Year title and thank all of our merchants for another great year.”

Additional EDGIE awards were presented to the following merchants:

•    Best Retail Location: ROSTER
•    Best Quick Serve Restaurant: Chick-Fil-A
•    Best Full Serve Restaurant: Legal Sea Foods
•    Best Service Location: The UPS Store
•    Best Coffee: LeBus Café
•    Location with the Highest Regard for Customer Service: L’Occitane
•    Most Environmentally Conscious Merchant: Vino Volo
•    Outstanding Achievement: Chermaina Roundtree and Tanya Sykes of MarketPlace PHL
•    Employee of the Year: Jean Gachelin of International Shoppes
•    Community Outreach: Ronald McDonald Plane Pull – Chickie’s & Pete’s, OTG Management (Cibo bistro & Wine Bar, Cibo Express Gourmet Markets, Jet Rock Bar & Grill, Local Tavern, Re:Vive Bar, Sky Asian Bistro, World Bean) and New York Ice Cream, Inc. (Jamba Juice in Concourse C, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Smashburger)

For more information about 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 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.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A photo (L—R) of Rahim Essahli, Tom DiStefano and Eugene Judge accepting the Merchant of the Year award is embedded in this email.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Emily Adams
For MarketPlace PHL
267-932-8760 ext. 308
emily@hornercom.com