AN IMPROVED YSJ DUTY FREE MARKET RE-OPENS EARLY FEBRUARY
SAINT JOHN, NB – Saint John Airport Inc. is pleased to announce the YSJ Market and Duty Free has been acquired by successful Saint John entrepreneurs, Yan and Yeny Del Valle – effective January 1, 2020.
The YSJ Market and Duty Free is currently closed for renovations as the space is being remodeled to make the layout more inviting for guests. It will reopen in early February, just in time for passengers travelling on Sunwing international flights headed to sunny Cuba.
Once the newly renovated YSJ Market and Duty Free re-opens, all passengers will be able to enjoy a glass of wine, beer, or cider, while waiting for their departing flight post-security. The new owners have partnered with Moosehead Small Batch Brewery to offer Angry Orchard Cider and Small Batch Brews, available in bottles or cans.
Previously only pre-packaged snacks could be purchased in the post-security area, however the new YSJ Market and Duty Free will offer premium gourmet items such as: sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruit & cheese plates, and fresh in-house baked pastries, to be enjoyed in the departure lounge or to take on the flight. Local Java Moose Coffee will also be offered. All food items will be prepared onsite by Connections Bistro, so passengers can expect the same quality and excellent prices.
“We’re delighted that longtime business partners of the airport have purchased the YSJ Duty Free Market,” says YSJ President and CEO, Derrick Stanford. “Yan and Yeny have owned and operated Connections Bistro & Bar and the gift shop located inside the airport terminal since 2014, and they have consistently received top marks in customer surveys by providing excellent service and quality offerings. This expanded service offering will be especially welcome once Air Canada launches their A319 Rouge Jet service to Toronto this Spring.”
The YSJ Market and Duty Free will continue to offer an assortment of snacks, drinks, magazines, travel accessories, and unique souvenirs and apparel from local New Brunswick companies.
“Yeny and myself look forward to delivering superior service and amenities that will provide travellers with an even more enjoyable experience when departing the Saint John Airport," says new owner, Yan Del Valle.
In 2005, Yan and Yeny settled in New Brunswick. Both had moved from Cuba; Yan to pursue his career and Yeny to study Hospitality and Tourism Management at NBCC St. Andrews. They met in Saint John later that same year and the rest is history. With three children, they are now the owners of J Valle Cleaning, Connections Bistro and Bar located inside The Saint John Airport terminal, 14 1/2 Café and Bar located at Reversing Falls, and most recently, the YSJ Market and Duty Free. Yan and Yeny Del Valle were the 2018 Winners of the PRUDE (Pride, Race, Unity, Dignity, Education) AWARDS in the Immigrant Entrepreneur category. Their secret to success is working long hours coupled with their genuine desire to make a difference.
The YSJ Market and Duty Free first opened in March 2017. Owned and managed by Creative Duty Free Shops, it was designed to replicate the historic Saint John City Market and was the first of its kind for New Brunswick. YSJ was the second airport in the province to offer duty free service, and the first to offer a stand-alone, dedicated space for shoppers.
Airport CEO Stanford says, “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Creative Duty Free Shops for bringing this unique retail experience to Saint John.”
The YSJ Market and Duty Free is located POST-SECURITY in the Departures Lounge. It is open seven days a week for Domestic and International flights.
Please note regarding Duty Free Shopping that only Canadians travelling outside of Canada who are flying from Saint John directly to an international destination are permitted to purchase duty free items before their flight.
About the Saint John Airport
The Saint John Airport Inc. is a community based, not-for-profit corporation serving the air travel needs of residents of southwestern New Brunswick. The airport (YSJ) is a key element in the economic and social development of the Greater Saint John region with an economic impact estimated at $68.7 million, with more than 480 jobs created directly and indirectly. The Saint John Airport reinvests all profits back into the airport and local communities.
For additional information or to coordinate an interview, please contact:
Derrick Stanford, President and CEO
Saint John Airport Office: 506-644-8607