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JFK takes big bite out of retail awards

JFKIAT – the company that operates the Terminal 4 retail at John F. Kennedy International Airport – has won the Best Retail Program at the industry’s annual awards show.

The company took home the Richard A. Griesbach Award of Excellence at the 2015 ACI-NA Airport Concessions Conference hosted by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

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JFK has Best Retail Program

The Griesbach awardaims to inspire creativity in the industry and to recognize innovative and outstanding airport concessions programs throughout North America.

JFK Terminal 4 also won the award for Best Retail Program.

“JFKIAT is honored to be recognized for our hard work to deliver a unique and quality cross-section of some of the best food and beverage and retail establishments for the millions of air travelers who pass through our doors every year,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, president & CEO of JFKIAT.

“We share this award with our retail and food and beverage partners who work to make the Terminal so successful and thank them for their continued commitment to our joint efforts.”

Throughout 2014, Terminal 4 welcomed new brand-name retailers, complementing an extensive duty free offering from DFS.

These included Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bluwire, Hugo Boss, Swarovski, Tumi and Longchamp. New touch-screen interactive kiosks, directing travelers to gate locations and retail establishments, were installed in select locations throughout the terminal.

Additionally, an array of restaurants that are reflective of New York have recently opened.

Two of the wildly popular Shake Shack restaurants are part of the portfolio as well as Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke on the Road, and The Palm Restaurant.

The Terminal’s combination of national brands includes McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, as well as Camden Foods and Buffalo Wild Wings.

In the Arrivals Hall, The Central Diner is the only pre- security, full-service, sit-down restaurant at JFK. All told 26 restaurants operate in the Terminal with plans to open 6 new units in 2015.

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