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SSP won five year £23 million valued deal to operate three outlets at Brisbane Airport

LONDON, 2015-9-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has won a five year deal valued at approximately £23 million (50 million AUD) to operate three outlets at Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal.

The outlets include locally popular pan-Asian eatery Chop Chop Chang’s, leading American burger brand Carl’s Jr., and SSP’s bespoke concept The Marketplace, which has been designed to reflect the vibrancy of Brisbane’s unique food and art scenes. The Marketplace is scheduled to open in October 2015, and Chop Chop Chang’s and Carl’s Jr. will begin trading in mid-2016.

Today’s announcement follows the signing of a deal valued at approximately £3 million (6 million AUD) in May to operate the renowned Queensland coffee shop Fonzie Abbott, and an £18 million (approximately 38 million AUD) contract which saw the company open Vietnamese street food concept Roll’d and Australian bakery brand Pie Face earlier this year.

These new outlets will take the total number of units operated by SSP in Brisbane Airport to six, making it the company’s most important Australian location after Sydney. It consolidates SSP’s position and builds on the company’s recent successes across the region. It also demonstrates that the company is competitive in the domestic terminal sector, which is an important part of the Australian airport sector.

Commenting on the deal, Chris Rayner, CEO of SSP Asia Pacific said, “We have been working with Brisbane Airport for some time to understand how to deliver their vision. Our extensive research into the local market has enabled us to create an offer that encapsulates the true character of Brisbane and will help the airport to achieve its aspirations. By mixing the familiar in Chop Chop Chang’s, Roll’d, Pie Face and Fonzie Abbott, with the new in Carl’s Jr, and the tailored in The Marketplace, we have a selection of concepts that will add real excitement to the terminal.”

Andrew Brodie, general manager, aviation and retail management at Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), welcomed SSP to the BAC family, adding, “SSP has worked extremely hard to bring point of difference food and beverage retailers to Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal and will ensure quality products that offer a unique and a memorable experience. We have no doubt travellers will embrace the new outlets.”

“We are so pleased to partner with SSP to bring our premium, quality-driven, California-style burgers to Brisbane,” said Ned Lyerly, president of international at CKE restaurants, which owns the Carl’s Jr. brand. “This new airport location serves as a unique gateway to Australians as well as a wide variety of international travellers.”


The full brand line-up is as follows:

·      Chop Chop Chang’s fuses the very best of Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Japanese and Laotian cuisines. Highlights on the menu range from caramelised chilli lime cashews to twice-cooked sticky beef ribs. Owner Brett Nolan developed the menu together with chef Paul Blain. Paul started his career in Thai cooking in Sydney with internationally renowned chef David Thompson at the Darley Street Thai, one of Australia’s most highly regarded Thai restaurants.

·      This marks the Australian debut for Carl’s Jr., an American brand that stands apart from other burger restaurants by offering freshly prepared, high-quality menu items, including its famous 100 per-cent Black Angus Beef Thickburgers® served on Fresh Baked Buns, Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™, Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes™ and Made-From-Scratch Biscuits. Carl’s Jr. and its iconic smiling Happy Star® logo have been U.S.  favourites for more than 70 years. Carl’s Jr. and its sister-chain, Hardee’s® has grown to more than 3,500 units in more than 35 countries worldwide.

·      The Marketplace, with its open space and buzzing selection of stalls, brings a fresh and fun atmosphere reminiscent of the markets to which Brisbanians flock each weekend. Customers will enjoy a modern menu packed with local flavours.

·      Fonzie Abbott, with walls adorned with coffee-making paraphernalia and teams of highly skilled baristas, is a haven for lovers of great coffee. The first outlet on Racecourse Road Brisbane opened to a flurry of excitement and the brand’s great coffee means it’s just as popular in the city today.

·      At Roll’d, customers can enjoy hawker-stall favourites from the streets of Vietnam, and other Vietnamese classics that have been enjoyed at tables across the country for generations. Among the dishes on offer are rice paper rolls, pho noodle soup, pickled salads and Roll’d’s famous banh mi rolls.

·      The humble meat pie has been an Aussie favourite for many years, and Pie Face has been a much-loved pie brand since it launched in 2003. Using only premium ingredients combined with French-style light and flaky puff pastry, Pie Face can now be found in five countries.

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SOURCE: SSP Group plc


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