All ten concepts are now open at the airport’s new Single Terminal
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Marshall Retail Group (MRG) and InMotion, both WHSmith companies and America’s leading specialty retailers in the airport marketplace, are pleased to announce the opening of ten concepts inside the brand-new Single Terminal at Kansas City International Airport (MCI). The newly built Single Terminal at MCI features MRG retailers in both concourses, with a wealth of new concepts designed just for Kansas City, Mo.
MRG takes pride in creating unique retail experience for all travelers and employees through distinctive concepts that reflect stand-out qualities of each airport’s surrounding city. Many of the MCI concepts were created and designed in collaboration with MRG’s Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) partners, who were instrumental in supporting the curation of local products from iconic local businesses and organizations.
As passengers flow through the consolidated security checkpoint into Concourse A, they can stop by The Market at 18th & Vine, a one-stop-shop for all travel essentials, designed to honor the historic 18th & Vine jazz district, with an interactive keyboard at the rear of the store creating a personal connection to the jazz era. Concourse A travelers can also visit the “Made in KC Marketplace” to shop products from dozens of local vendors and makers, including Skin, Growing Days and Christopher Elbow, as well as a LEGO® Travel store.
The walkway into Concourse B features a replica of the oldest market in the Midwest, City Market KC, modeled after the popular city market in the River District of Kansas City. Like the market it’s modeled after, City Market KC at MCI invites travelers to explore an eclectic mix of local vendors and to discover the city’s historic past. Concourse B travelers can also check out the Turn the Page KC bookstore, featuring an enormous sculpture of a book hanging from the ceiling, which was commissioned in celebration of MRG’s partnership with Turn the Page KC, a local literacy organization. Additional MRG concepts in Concourse B include the bright and modern The Pitch newsstand and gift shop, a sleek InMotion tech accessories store, and Brookside Local, modeled after the charming, walkable shopping neighborhood in Kansas City.
MRG has also launched its first automated retail solutions at MCI and now offers travelers efficient, 24-hour access to key brands. One of these automated retail concepts is an InMotion Kiosk. InMotion is the global leader in airport electronics, and with the opening of both the InMotion store in Concourse B and the new kiosk, InMotion has tallied up to 162 stores worldwide, with many more openings on the horizon.
On Monday, Feb. 27, MRG executives, including COO and president, David Charles, VP of business development, Rich Rosamilia, and divisional VP of airport and rail, Frank Braudrick, attended the ribbon cutting at the official grand opening celebration of the new terminal.
“We are so excited to welcome Kansas City travelers into these unique stores, and we are proud of the grand accomplishment this project has represented for the team,” said Toby Keir, CEO of MRG and InMotion, “We want to express our gratitude to Kansas City Aviation Department, Vantage Airport Group, as well as all our partners and colleagues who had a hand in this project.”
“MRG has helped to deliver on our vision to bring the very best of Kansas City to MCI’s retail program, to create unique customer focused retail experiences delivering the essence of Kansas City and the region to the traveling public.” Sammy Patel, Vice President, Commercial, Vantage Airport Group.
“This is an exciting week for the city of Kansas City as we celebrate the opening of Single Terminal at MCI,” said Patrick Klein Director of Aviation at City of Kansas City, Missouri. “With partners like Marshall Retail Group, the state-of-the-art terminal and the creative concepts within will make a last impression on travelers.”
About WH Smith North America
WH Smith is a leading global retailer for news, books, and convenience with more than 1,700 retail stores across 30 countries. Marshall Retail Group and InMotion Entertainment Group, WH Smith’s North American businesses, operate 295 locations spanning 46 airports. Marshall Retail Group is America’s leading specialty retailer in the airport and casino- resort marketplace. MRG prides itself on creating unique experiences for customers by developing distinctive retail store concepts that feature and highlight the local culture, community, and lifestyle of the cities in which they are located. InMotion Entertainment Group is the largest airport-based electronics retailer with more than 120 locations throughout the United States. With access and insight into the latest technologies for business and leisure travelers, InMotion offers lifestyle products and electronics that include a wide breadth of headphones, mobile power, Bluetooth speakers and travel accessories. Follow Marshall Retail Group and InMotion on LinkedIn.
Kirvin Doak Communications