As part of the new contract win, Hudson Group will design the first FAO Schwarz airport and travel destination store of its kind, featuring signature FAO Schwarz toys and games, and will bring the epicentre of New York literary culture to Queens with McNally Jackson, New York City’s iconic independent bookseller.
Additional brands represented in the new retail package include Hudson, the company’s internationally-recognised travel essentials and convenience brand; LaGuardia Dufry Duty Free and M.A.C.
The shops will be located in the eastern concourse of the new terminal, which is part of the $8 billion overhaul of the entire airport first unveiled by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2015.
The new state of the art 1.3 million square foot terminal which will feature 35 gates, over 25 retail and F&B offerings, and dual pedestrian bridges that span active taxi lanes connecting the main part of the terminal to two island concourses.
“Hudson’s iconic brand coupled with its new and exciting concepts makes the company an ideal partner for this new contract,” said Ed Baklor, chief commercial officer of LaGuardia Gateway Partners.
“Hudson Group has been delivering unique concepts that cater to the immediate needs and wants of travellers at LGA for over 30 years and we are excited to extend and expand the company’s contract at Terminal B.”
Hudson’s president and CEO, Joseph DiDomizio, said: “Hudson Group has truly grown and evolved since we opened our first Hudson News at LaGuardia (LGA) Airport in 1987.
“We are proud of our ‘Big Apple’ roots and we are thrilled to grow our long standing partnership with such an amazing partner.
“The new contract highlights how diligently we work to ensure that airport concessions are evolving to meet the growing needs of travellers.
"This is especially true for LGA, as our competitive bid will bring the nation’s oldest and most iconic toy brand, FAO Schwarz, into airports for the first time at the City’s oldest commercial airport.”