BALTIMORE – Delivering refined women’s fashion and personalized service to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Stellar Partners, Inc. (Stellar) and ACDBE partner Morgan Group Ventures, Inc. (“MGV”) have opened White House Black Market®, a Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) brand. The new Concourse A/B location features the fashions and on-trend pieces for women with a polished sense of style that White House Black Market® is known for curating.
“Stellar is very excited to launch White House Black Market® and its superior shopping experience in the travel retail sector for the first time with Fraport USA and the Maryland Aviation Administration,” said Padraig Drennan, President and CEO of Stellar. “We are passionate about delivering retail experiences that excite travelers and we believe that this store will do that because the White House Black Market® customers are aligned with airport passenger demographics.”
“Our award-winning food and retail program continues to offer excellent service and products for our customers,” said Ricky Smith, Executive Director of BWI Marshall Airport. “White House Black Market® is a high-quality, premier brand that our passengers will appreciate.”
“We’re delighted to bring an iconic Baltimore brand, White House Black Market®, to the airport, thanks to Stellar and MGV, each exceptional operators,” said Brett Kelly, Senior Vice President of Operations for Fraport USA. “Their partnership is a match made at BWI Marshall and for travelers that means more quality shopping options while they are at the airport.”
“We are proud to open our first Chico’s FAS airport store in partnership with Stellar,” said George Nahra, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and International at Chico’s FAS. “Based on the heritage of White House Black Market®, Baltimore is a natural choice. Showcasing our merchandise in airports, in addition to other recently launched distribution channels, such as Amazon and cruise ships, is effective in extending the reach of our brands and in acquiring new customers.”
The White House Black Market® brand was founded in Baltimore with the goal to bring coveted, curated collections and personalized customer service to women. The brand currently has over 400 locations and brings shopping with local roots to BWI Marshall travelers. The brand is dedicated to making women feel beautiful and confident through their polished collections, black and white pieces and feminine, all-occasion dresses—perfect options for the busy business traveler or leisurely vacationer looking for an outfit to wear out on the town.
With this opening, Stellar continues to grow as a leading North American travel retailer, giving travelers in BWI Marshall access to the White House Black Market® selections of versatile styles for any occasion.
About Stellar Partners, Inc.
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Stellar Partners, Inc. is a leading airport retailer that develops, operates, and markets a portfolio of award-winning news/convenience and specialty stores that range from exclusive brands and regional favorites to well-known luxury brands. Founded in 1965, the company currently operates more than 60 stores that enrich the traveler’s shopping experience in 14 major U.S. airports. Stellar was named Best Airport Retailer for 2016 by Airport Revenue News and received the 2018 Airport Minority Advisory Council Inclusive Leader Catalyst Award. For more detailed information on the company and our brands, visit StellarAirportStores.com.
About Fraport USA
Fraport USA is the developer and manager of the retail, food and beverage operations at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Nashville International Airport. A leading airport concessions model in North America, Fraport USA projects rank among the highest for per-passenger spending and consistently receive accolades for innovation and customer service. For information, visit fraport-usa.com. Fraport USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, the global airport company based in Frankfurt, Germany. For information about Fraport AG, visit fraport.com.
About Chico’s FAS
The Company, through its brands – Chico’s®, White House Black Market®, Soma® and TellTale™, a digital-first intimates brand, is a leading omnichannel specialty retailer of women’s private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates and complementary accessories.
As of February 2, 2019, the Company operated 1,418 stores in the U.S. and Canada and sold merchandise through 83 international franchise locations in Mexico. The Company’s merchandise is also available at www.chicos.com, www.chicosofftherack.com, www.whbm.com, www.soma.com and www.mytelltale.com as well as through third party channels. For more detailed information on the Company, please go to our corporate website at www.chicosfas.com. The information on our corporate website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this press release or incorporated into our federal securities law filings.
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