Food hall specialist Time Out Market has appointed Lagardère Travel Retail as its exclusive partner to support its expansion into airport locations. 

As part of its ongoing global expansion and to unlock further opportunities, Time Out Market is looking into the development of a travel hub model suitable for airport locations or train stations. The brand will collaborate with Lagardère Travel Retail, which operates more than 5,000 stores in airports, railway stations and other concessions across 42 countries. 

The bespoke travel hub model will feature key elements of a Time Out Market with its curation of the best of the city through a smaller selection of local chefs and restaurateurs as well as bars – with everything appropriately scaled to the footfall and speed of a busy travel hub. The spaces will also feature screens showing Time Out Media brand content on the best things to do in cities around the world. 

Lagardère Travel Retail will be responsible for the operational management of this bespoke transit model, working closely with the Time Out Market team, which will be responsible for the curation of food vendors. 

Jay Coldren, Time Out Market co-CEO (development), said: “While our focus remains on larger scale food and cultural markets to bring the best of the city together under one roof, we are also interested in offering our unique experience and the very best of our brand on a smaller scale within travel hubs such as airports and train stations which are consistently busy with travellers – something that some of the world’s leading fashion, lifestyle and hospitality brands are already doing successfully in such locations.  

“We are excited to work with Lagardère Travel Retail – a leading operator in this space – to expand into travel hub locations in a way that is a great brand fit. We have established various proven models for our Markets and it is great to see how we can further evolve our concept to unlock new opportunities.” 

Commenting on the announcement, Mélanie Guilldou, EVP foodservice at Lagardère Travel Retail, added: “We are delighted to be the exclusive partner to support Time Out Market in operating a bespoke model for airport locations. We consider food halls a strategic growth segment in our foodservice business line.” 

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