Paradies Lagardère opens So Chocolate! and The Scoreboard at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4

NEW YORK CITY, 2016-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, a major specialty retail operator, has just celebrated the launch of two new retail concepts at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4; New York’s premiere travel gateway, with 19.5 million annual travelers. The new shops, So Chocolate! (exclusive confectionary brand) and The Scoreboard (sports apparel) were officially introduced during a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 2, 2016.

The two highly-successful proprietary brands are a first for a U.S. airport. So Chocolate! pays tribute to a product that remains the most purchased confectionary item in international travel retailing, complementing the existing mix of extraordinary food and beverage establishments in Terminal 4. Conveniently located in the east retail lounge of Terminal 4, the 1,250-square-foot store offers a wide assortment of candies and sweets that cater equally to children and adults of all ages.

The Scoreboard offers sports fans and out-of-town travelers an array of authentic apparel, accessories and trinkets from all major U.S. professional sport leagues. The store includes an assortment of Giants, Jets, Yankees, Mets, Rangers, Islanders, Devils, Nets, Knicks, NY Red Bulls and New York City Football Club merchandise, as well as products related to the moment’s hottest sports trends.

Already operating numerous stores in the terminal, including the high-end Longchamp, Hugo Boss, Guess, and Swarovski boutiques, Paradies Lagardère recently added these two international brands to Terminal 4’s new concession program.

“Both So Chocolate! and The Scoreboard will resonate with travelers visiting the airport, and complement our existing brands. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Terminal 4 and introducing exciting new brands to Terminal 4 travelers for many years to come”, said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère.”

Paradies Lagardère’s newest store in Terminal 4, The Fashion Place, is due to open in May. This 3,000 square foot shop-in-shop, the first of its kind in North America, will provide customers with a wide assortment of fashion apparel and accessories.

“Terminal 4 strives to create a superior passenger experience for travelers, and – as such – our terminal features an unparalleled selection of commercial and retail offerings,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, president and CEO of JFKIAT – the management company operating Terminal 4. “We are grateful for Paradies Lagardère’s continuous partnership and efforts to bring the best and most well-recognized international brands to our terminal.”

Terminal 4 at JFK is one of the largest and most active air terminals in the country and a major North American global gateway. This freshly-redeveloped terminal with Paradies Lagardère’s unique combination of local and international brands, coupled with outstanding customer service, ensures every Terminal 4 passenger has the most pleasant travel experience of any airport terminal in New York City.

SOURCE: LS travel retail North America

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Paradies Lagardère opens So Chocolate! and The Scoreboard at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4

Paradies Lagardère opens So Chocolate! and The Scoreboard at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4

LS travel retail North America acquired 20,000 square feet retail space within John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 from Saveria USA, Inc.

New joint venture to operate 20,000 square feet of prime specialty retail space at NYC’s busiest terminal

QUEENS, NEW YORK, 2015-4-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — With ambitions toward enhancing the shopping experience for the more than 18 million annual travelers passing through John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4, LS travel retail North America, a Lagardère Services company, has acquired assets of Saveria USA, Inc. allowing for the operation of 20,000 square feet of prime specialty retail space within the terminal’s retail lounge.

The predominant specialty retail operator at Terminal 4 since 2002, Saveria USA, Inc. was founded by the Sardana family, who will partner with LS in a new JFK Terminal 4 venture moving forward.

“Following Saveria’s many years in Terminal 4 – a premiere travel gateway into New York City – we look forward to working closely with JFKIAT and the Sardana family to take the shopping experience offered to Terminal 4 travelers to a whole new level,” said Dag Rasmussen, Chairman and CEO of Lagardère Services. “By acquiring certain assets of Saveria USA, LS travel retail North America will bring its significant expertise to the benefit of Terminal 4’s concession program and to the millions of passengers who pass through its doors each year.”

Gerry Savaria, President and CEO of LS travel retail North America added, “Terminal 4 at JFK is a model for other airport terminals around the country. We are excited to begin this new part of the Saveria story and are eager to work with JFKIAT for many years to come.”

Terminal 4, operated by JFKIAT, LLC – the only non-airline, privately-operated terminal in the U.S. – is home to 28 airlines and features a host of internationally recognized retail brands. Fitting the needs of every type of potential customer, some of the 17 existing LS/Sardana shops include Tumi, Longchamp, Hugo Boss, Swarovski, Bijoux Terner, and Chocolate and More. LS plans to redevelop an additional 9,000 square feet into new specialty retail shops that will complement the existing offerings at Terminal 4.

“This new partnership with LS travel retail will ensure that Terminal 4 passengers have the most pleasant and efficient travel experience of any airport terminal in New York City,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, President & CEO of JFKIAT. “With the help of this world-renowned company, travelers from all corners of the globe will continue to enjoy the brands and level of service offered by our tremendous retail partners.

“We thank the Sardana family for the strong partnership and commitment to offering passengers the best retail options and for contributing to JFKIAT’s success.”

Claus Kohlenberger, President of Saveria USA, Inc. added “We have the highest regard for the professionalism and dedication demonstrated by the LS team throughout the journey that led to the execution of this agreement and believe they will be a great fit with the excellent team at JFKIAT. This strong partnership shares a common thread: our passion for travel retail and commitment to serving passengers.”

About Saveria USA
Saveria was founded by the Sardana family in 1990 in Vienna. Saveria USA started in 2002 in JFK International Airport Terminal 4, where it has since significantly increased its presence with the development of licensed boutiques and iconic retails brands, along with proprietary Chocolate & More confectionary stores.

JFKIAT, LLC is the operator of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, one of the most active air terminals in the New York area, serving 28 international and domestic airlines with an annual passenger volume of more than 17.1 million travelers in 2014. With an expansion completed in 2014, passengers traveling through Terminal 4 can visit an outstanding selection of new and upgraded restaurants and bars, including world-class eateries, well-known casual dining, healthy options, and food-to-go. Terminal 4′s expansive shopping mall offers an unparalleled shopping experience for travelers with a wide range of retail options from chic, upscale boutiques, to convenience stores, to electronics, accessories and gifts. Terminal 4 is the only air terminal in North America operated by a private management company. JFKIAT, LLC is owned by Schiphol USA Inc., a U.S. affiliate of Schiphol Group.  Visit us at