New PHL Food & Shops Retail Concession Celebrates Voting Rights and Equality

Women’s Equality Day — August 26 — commemorates the date in 1920 that the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote, was certified. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) guests will be able to celebrate voting rights and honor the suffragettes that fought for equality when 1920 Merch Co. opens in the Terminal B/C Connector in early September. The PHL location is the first airport store for the Nashville-based company, which sells t-shirts and other souvenirs commemorating the 19th Amendment and voting rights.  

1920 Merch
Rendering of the soon-to-open 1920 Merch. Co.

"This is a special day for PHL," said Megan O’Connell, the airport’s director of marketing and branding. "Not only are we announcing a new retailer, 1920 Merch, but the announcement coincides with Women’s Equality Day and the operator’s primary mission is to emphasize and celebrate women’s rights, especially as they relate to the constitutional right to vote. We are looking forward to our guests having access to this one-of-a-kind concept."  

1920 Merch is operated by SLA Worldwide, an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE).  ACDBE programs provide the assistance socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses owners need to successfully compete against larger firms for contract opportunities at airports. ACDBEs can enter agreements directly with an airport or as a subcontractor with a Prime (another concessionaire or owner or lessee of a terminal).  In addition to 1920 Merch Co., SLA operates the recently opened Lily Palmer Flowers & Gifts shop in PHL’s B/C Connector and concessions at Nashville International Airport.

Lily Palmer
SLA Worldwide also operates the new Lily Palmer Flowers and Gifts shop at PHL

"SLA Worldwide is excited to partner with Philadelphia International Airport to open 1920 Merch, the first airport store honoring the ratification of the 19th amendment," said Sandra Long, Founder and CEO, SLA Worldwide. “One hundred-and-two-years ago, the Philadelphia’s women’s suffrage movement played a key role in securing voting rights for American women. We invite travelers to join the celebration by visiting 1920 Merch to view historic photography and purchase one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs.”


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