Today, Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport – the premiere gateway to New York City and the United States – welcomed FAO Schwarz’s first-ever travel retail store to its premium offerings for a limited time.

Operated by leading luxury retailer DFS Group, the 300-square-foot pop-up shop brings the brand’s memorable experiences and premium goods to Terminal 4 through December 31, 2017. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in celebration of the grand opening and FAO Schwarz’s entrance into the travel retail market.

“We are thrilled to welcome FAO Schwarz’s iconic toys and products to Terminal 4,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, President and CEO of JFKIAT, the company which operates Terminal 4. “This imaginative in-store retail experience will provide travelers with yet another option to purchase premium goods while on the go. With more than 50,000 international and domestic passengers each day, and even more expected during the holiday season, this pop-up shop will surely be a familiar name and another reason for travelers to explore Terminal 4’s retail hall throughout the busy holiday season.”

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Gert-Jan de Graaff, President and CEO of JFKIAT; David Niggli Chief Merchandising Officer of FAO Schwarz; and Mark Sullivan, Managing Director of DFS Group North America.

The pop-up shop embodies the nostalgic playful personality of FAO Schwarz, from its whimsical aesthetic to its assortment of one-of-a-kind toys and specialty goods. The holiday collection gives a nod to the 155-year-old brand’s legacy of innovation and quality products. Terminal 4 travelers can enjoy classic items, ranging from oversized plush animals to vintage toys and the infamous floor piano. 

“DFS is delighted to partner with FAO Schwarz to bring even more excitement to our traveling customers this season,” said Brooke Supernaw, DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Spirits, Wine, Tobacco, Food and Gifts. “This pop-up store is a perfect complement to the excitement of travel, the thrill of discovery and the joy of the holidays.”

Terminal 4’s expansive concessions program spans far beyond pop-up shops – with more than 122,200squarefeet devoted to shopping and dining featuring 48 retail shops and 28 restaurants. The terminal offers an unparalleled shopping experience for travelers with a wide range of retail options from chic, upscale boutiques, to convenience stores, electronics, accessories and gifts. Other representative brands include: Coach, Guess, Hugo Boss, Kiehl’s, Michael Kors, Swarovski, Brooks Brothers, Victoria’s Secret, Hudson, XpresSpa and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store. Restaurants include The Palm, Danny Meyer’s Blue Smoke and Shake Shack, Uptown Brasserie by Marcus Samuelsson and innovative, original food and beverage concepts line the terminal’s Retail Lounge.


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