GNC - A Healthy Addition to AIRMALL(R); BAA Welcomes Health & Nutrition Center to Pittsburgh International

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from BAA Pittsburgh, Inc.

    PITTSBURGH, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pittsburgh-based General Nutrition
 Centers (GNC) opened its doors at Pittsburgh International Airport's
 AIRMALL(R), BAA Pittsburgh Inc. announced today.  The new 600-square-foot
 nutrition headquarters resides at the entrance of Concourse A.  Pittsburgh
 International is the second airport store of the nation's largest specialty
 retailer of vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements, sports nutrition and
 personal care products.
     GNC is devoted to encouraging a healthy lifestyle focused on diet,
 nutrition and fitness.  The store stocks multi-vitamins, nutritional
 supplements, diet plans, sport drinks, energy bars, and fitness publications.
 In addition to familiar health and fitness labels -- TwinLab, EAS, MET-Rx and
 Balance, GNC takes great pride in its own line of products.  Each GNC brand
 item, from a complex multi-vitamin to a simple Vitamin C tablet, must go
 through a series of 150 quality and safety checks before it receives approval
 -- higher standards than the FDA requires.
     Among the most popular offerings at the airport shop, GNC counts Mega
 Men(R) and Women's Ultra Mega(R) dietary supplements and Xenadrine RFA-1
 weight loss supplements.  Travelers can also pick up mini-massagers, vitamin
 travel cases or Smart Pillows to ensure a comfortable flight.  Most of all,
 GNC says, the new AIRMALL(R) location offers convenience.  "We give customers
 the supplements they need while traveling.  We can reach more people here,"
 states Tom Steger, GNC Regional Sales Director.  GNC AIRMALL(R) Assistant
 Manager Jeff Dobo adds, "We have everything you need to keep healthy!"
     AIRMALL(R) patrons can spot remedies for travel-related symptoms at GNC:
 Motion sickness may be lessened with the herb Ginger, sleeplessness calmed
 with Valerian Root, sinus infections improved with Echinacea, and anxiety
 eased with Kava.  Weary travelers can aid fatigue with Licorice Root or Asian
 Ginseng.  One of GNC's newest products, ENADAlert(R), was created to combat
 the negative side effects of jet lag on the central nervous system -- without
 caffeine or other stimulants.  Clinical tests for this natural remedy were
 actually performed on adults taking a red-eye flight across country.
     Originally named Lackzoom, the first GNC was established in Pittsburgh in
 1935 by David Shakarian.  The little health food shop specialized in yogurt
 but sold honey, grains and "health sandwiches."  Even though health food was
 thought to be a passing fad during this time, Shakarian's store was hugely
 popular.  His first day's earnings totaled only $35 and within six months he
 was able to open a second Pittsburgh shop.  As more people began to embrace
 the concept of natural foods and better nutrition, Shakarian's business
 expanded with five additional stores in the area.  Eventually, GNC branched
 out into other states and the name was changed to General Nutrition Centers.
 Today GNC operates more than 4,200 retail outlets throughout the United States
 and 26 foreign markets.
     GNC's AIRMALL(R) location is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The
 store offers the GNC Gold Card Club for frequent buyers, entitling them to
 monthly discounts and free health periodicals.  For more information, contact
 GNC at 412-472-5984.
 
     BAA Pittsburgh, Inc. leases, manages and operates the AIRMALL(R) at the
 Pittsburgh International Airport.  With over 100,000 square feet and 100 shops
 and restaurants the AIRMALL(R) is among the largest, most successful airport
 shopping complexes in the United States.  It has earned awards for delivering
 quality retail in an airport setting.  For information, call 1-800-ITS-FAIR.
 
 

SOURCE BAA Pittsburgh, Inc.
    PITTSBURGH, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pittsburgh-based General Nutrition
 Centers (GNC) opened its doors at Pittsburgh International Airport's
 AIRMALL(R), BAA Pittsburgh Inc. announced today.  The new 600-square-foot
 nutrition headquarters resides at the entrance of Concourse A.  Pittsburgh
 International is the second airport store of the nation's largest specialty
 retailer of vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements, sports nutrition and
 personal care products.
     GNC is devoted to encouraging a healthy lifestyle focused on diet,
 nutrition and fitness.  The store stocks multi-vitamins, nutritional
 supplements, diet plans, sport drinks, energy bars, and fitness publications.
 In addition to familiar health and fitness labels -- TwinLab, EAS, MET-Rx and
 Balance, GNC takes great pride in its own line of products.  Each GNC brand
 item, from a complex multi-vitamin to a simple Vitamin C tablet, must go
 through a series of 150 quality and safety checks before it receives approval
 -- higher standards than the FDA requires.
     Among the most popular offerings at the airport shop, GNC counts Mega
 Men(R) and Women's Ultra Mega(R) dietary supplements and Xenadrine RFA-1
 weight loss supplements.  Travelers can also pick up mini-massagers, vitamin
 travel cases or Smart Pillows to ensure a comfortable flight.  Most of all,
 GNC says, the new AIRMALL(R) location offers convenience.  "We give customers
 the supplements they need while traveling.  We can reach more people here,"
 states Tom Steger, GNC Regional Sales Director.  GNC AIRMALL(R) Assistant
 Manager Jeff Dobo adds, "We have everything you need to keep healthy!"
     AIRMALL(R) patrons can spot remedies for travel-related symptoms at GNC:
 Motion sickness may be lessened with the herb Ginger, sleeplessness calmed
 with Valerian Root, sinus infections improved with Echinacea, and anxiety
 eased with Kava.  Weary travelers can aid fatigue with Licorice Root or Asian
 Ginseng.  One of GNC's newest products, ENADAlert(R), was created to combat
 the negative side effects of jet lag on the central nervous system -- without
 caffeine or other stimulants.  Clinical tests for this natural remedy were
 actually performed on adults taking a red-eye flight across country.
     Originally named Lackzoom, the first GNC was established in Pittsburgh in
 1935 by David Shakarian.  The little health food shop specialized in yogurt
 but sold honey, grains and "health sandwiches."  Even though health food was
 thought to be a passing fad during this time, Shakarian's store was hugely
 popular.  His first day's earnings totaled only $35 and within six months he
 was able to open a second Pittsburgh shop.  As more people began to embrace
 the concept of natural foods and better nutrition, Shakarian's business
 expanded with five additional stores in the area.  Eventually, GNC branched
 out into other states and the name was changed to General Nutrition Centers.
 Today GNC operates more than 4,200 retail outlets throughout the United States
 and 26 foreign markets.
     GNC's AIRMALL(R) location is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The
 store offers the GNC Gold Card Club for frequent buyers, entitling them to
 monthly discounts and free health periodicals.  For more information, contact
 GNC at 412-472-5984.
 
     BAA Pittsburgh, Inc. leases, manages and operates the AIRMALL(R) at the
 Pittsburgh International Airport.  With over 100,000 square feet and 100 shops
 and restaurants the AIRMALL(R) is among the largest, most successful airport
 shopping complexes in the United States.  It has earned awards for delivering
 quality retail in an airport setting.  For information, call 1-800-ITS-FAIR.
 
 SOURCE  BAA Pittsburgh, Inc.