JFK opens applications to local small businesses for retail opportunity at Terminal 8

Rendering of JFK Terminal 8 redesign.
Courtesy of Susan Hillman

Several local small business owners have the chance to showcase their products at one of four retail kiosks in John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 8.

Applications for the Local Small Business Retail Accelerator Program are open through May 31. No previous experience in airport retail is necessary. Business owners are encouraged to attend an informational webinar on the kiosk application process on May 9 from 2 to 3 p.m.

The program, managed by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Airport (URW), which also serves as the operating entity for JFK T8 Innovation Partners, allows selected small businesses to operate one of four 100-square-foot retail kiosks. It targets businesses in southeast Queens, greater Queens, the New York City metro area, and the New York regional area, focusing on supporting small, local, minority, and women-owned businesses.

Ashley Hari, URW’s director of leasing, highlighted the program’s potential: “Our Retail Accelerator provides a unique opportunity for local entrepreneurs to enter the airport retail market and test their business concepts internationally. It offers tailored opportunities that align with where small businesses are currently positioned. Our aim is to help our partners learn, grow, and succeed.”

The accelerator program offers flexible terms and spaces designed to significantly reduce the upfront and design costs for business owners. Recommended retail categories include baby products, beauty, health and personal care, toys, entertainment, and pre-packaged snacks.

John F. Kennedy International Airport is one of the busiest international air passenger gateways in North America. It serves as a major hub for international flights and is a key contributor to the economic vitality of the New York City area.