USA. A custom-designed shop offering locally made products and a spa centre will round out the first set of retail and service options at New York LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B.

LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP), the private entity operating and redeveloping the terminal, said the openings were part of the US$8 billion overhaul of the airport unveiled by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2015.

New York’s best: Terminal B will be flooded with natural light and feature both regional and national retail offerings.

As reported, Hudson Group and partners captured a key concessions package at the terminal covering duty free, speciality retail and travel essentials. The Dufry company will open a FAO Schwarz travel destination store, LaGuardia Dufry Duty Free across duty free and duty paid categories; travel essentials brand Hudson; a branch of New York independent bookseller McNally Jackson and a MAC make-up store.

LGP said The Marshall Retail Group-operated District Market will aim to capture the “energy and diversity” of New York City. It will offer grab-and-go food and beverages “with a New York City flair” as well as locally produced ‘Made in Queens’ curated gifts through a partnership with the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC).

Spa Here will offer spa and grooming services in an environment LGP said was “designed to eliminate external pressures and reduce stress and fatigue”. Licensed therapist will provide spa treatments for travellers in individual spaces.

LGP said all of the new Terminal B offerings had taken inspiration from the New York experience, combining famous businesses from the city with regional and national brands.

The new Terminal B will open in phases – all starting later this year with the first gates in the terminal’s eastern concourse, featuring these new retail partners.

“The latest retail offerings in the new Terminal B promise a best-in-class visitor experience that both New Yorkers and travellers can be proud of,” said LGP Chief Commercial Officer Ed Baklor. “By listening to guest feedback and collaborating with our partners, we’ve created a unique environment you can only find at LaGuardia Terminal B, featuring the best of New York City.”

QEDC Director of Business Services Sante Antonelli commented: “Showcasing ‘Made in Queens’ products at District Market will be an opportunity for local manufacturers to bring their product to national markets. It will also give visitors the chance to purchase unique items representing the best that Queens has to offer.”

Privacy Cocoons: Spa Here will offer passengers therapeutic treatments in individual spaces.

Spa Here founder and CEO Marisol Binn said: “We are thrilled to be part of the new transformative Terminal B at LaGuardia. Like LaGuardia Gateway Partners, our focus is on guest experience. Spa Here will immerse Terminal B passengers in traditional spa therapies, convenience and luxury so they depart refreshed in the shortest possible time.”