Marshall Retail Group (MRG) is America’s leading specialty retailer in the airport and casino- resort marketplace. For 65 years, MRG has provided clients with a collection of attractive, successful brands in more than 200 standalone stores across the United States, with over half operating inside 20 airports nationwide. MRG prides itself on ‘creating unique experiences’ for customers by developing distinctive retail store concepts that feature and highlight the local culture, community and lifestyle of the cities in which they are located. MRG, along with the largest electronics-based retailer in the nation, InMotion, are now wholly owned subsidiaries of WH Smith, the leading global retailer in news, books and convenience for the world’s traveling customer.

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MRG Opens District Market at SFO

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 16, 2017) – Marshall Retail Group (MRG), the largest, American-owned airport retailer, is delighted to announce the opening of District Market at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Terminal 3, which occupies 5,200 square feet of retail space.

Inspired by San Francisco’s distinct neighborhoods, District Market offers an urban shopping experience, comprised of five distinct “districts” – Hype, Fresh, News, Gift and Fashion. Together, these districts form a marketplace, featuring a wide range of local, regional and national retail branded products in every area of the store.

Resembling open-air farmers’ markets, local coffee, tea, sweets and pastry vendors cater sampling events throughout the month. While attracting travelers on the go, a mini-serve coffee and tea station features Ikon Coffee, T-We Tea and City Baking pastries, all local products made in San Francisco. Pre-packaged food, snack and beverage items are also available.

From Feve Chocolates, a San Francisco Chocolatier, to Benny Gold, San Francisco streetwear for men and women, District Market will show visitors what the “Hype” is in the City. A rotating line of products made by various, local artisans will be available year round.

The “Fashion District” offers an urban shopping experience, featuring a wide range of local, regional and national brands. District Market supports the community by featuring local brands like San Franpsycho, a community-based lifestyle brand and custom printing company; Blossom, stylish artisan leather bags; and Frolick Jewelry, a vibrant and vintage designer line of handcrafted accessories. Alongside a collection of brands made in San Francisco, the store also features popular national brands like Herschel, Prana and Under Armour. This extensive range of apparel and accessories is carefully curated for both men and women, distinctly reflecting San Francisco’s unique style.

The concept of traditional newsstand and bookstore is transformed by technology into a re-imagined, modern reading experience. In addition to traditional print media, mobile phones and tablets display the Texture app, which offers on-demand access to hundreds of the most widely read digital magazines. The full catalog can be viewed prior to flights, as well as in the air. Consumers can build their own libraries, receive personalized recommendations, and read anywhere, anytime, even when offline. The Texture app is intuitive and easy to use, providing a great value and convenience for the airport travelers.

Michael C. Wilkins, CEO of Marshall Retail Group, expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm for the project. “The extraordinary partnership we have with SFO and all of the local vendor partners allowed us to reach the goal of making District Market a destination in and of itself. Our internal team created a one of a kind experience that they can be proud of for years to come.”

San Francisco International Airport is the largest airport in Northern California, and in 2016 was the 7th busiest airport in the US and 23rd busiest in the world by passenger count (ACI North America). SFO has been recognized with multiple awards including “Best Overall Concessions Program Award” by Airport Revenue News, “Best Airport in the Americas” by Frequent Business Traveler.


Marshall Retail Group is America’s largest independent, award winning operator of News & Gift and specialty retail locations in the airport and casino-resort marketplace. For over 60 years, MRG has been providing its clients with a portfolio of attractive and memorable brands that are well-positioned to cater to airport travelers, hotel guests, visitors and local residents. The company operates more than 160 stores, in major airports and casino-resort hotels across the United States and Canada, and is delighted to be partners in SFO.