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    TravelMart Becomes First C-Store to Open at U.S. Airport

    Store features Two Podners barbecue, ready-to-travel items.

    DALLAS -- DFW Airport opened the DFW TravelMart in Terminal C, operated by The Paradies Shops, a one-stop convenience store that represents a new direction in airport shopping.

    Featuring national and local brands at competitive prices, the store features the legendary barbeque of Two Podners, a Dallas-based culinary institution. The 1,700-square-foot facility will not only cater to DFW's 57 million annual passengers, but also will be a convenient stop for airline crews and airport employees who may need a quick shopping trip before heading home or on a break during their work schedule.

    "When our board considers adding a new concept, we want to make sure the concessionaire has a good chance of succeeding and has a strong business plan that emphasizes choice and convenience to our passengers," said Max Wells, DFW Airport board chairman.

    The store features a full array of ready-to-travel items for travelers, including reading materials, health and beauty aids, food and beverages.

    "At DFW, we pride ourselves on being a smart business and bringing our customers and travelers better choices and options to improve their entire airport experience," said Jeff Fegan, DFW CEO. "We will continue to look at new concepts that make the entire trip easier for road warriors, leisure travelers and families."

    Gregg Paradies, senior vice president and CEO of The Paradies Shops, attributes the first full-scale convenience store in a U.S. airport to the unique vision of DFW. "The most exciting part of this store is the incredible reaction we have already received from both the traveling public and the airport employees, many of whom thank us for opening this store and ask if we can roll this out across the country," Paradies said.

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