SSP opens new premium restaurant bar concept, called Sip & Stone at Belfast International Airport

SSP opens new premium restaurant bar concept, called Sip & Stone at Belfast International Airport

LONDON, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is set to open a new premium restaurant bar concept, called Sip & Stone at Belfast International Airport.

The new bar, which will open at the beginning of March 2018, will feature a menu that has a focus on local dishes, recipes and ingredients and will offer steaks, burgers, sausages and bacon, all of which will be locally sourced.

The bar will serve international beers, on draft and in bottles, as well as boasting a modern international and eclectic wine list. It will also offer a range of premium spirits.

An in-house bakery will serve a variety of freshly baked cakes and muffins, along with grab and go sandwiches, and freshly ground barista coffee.

Drawing inspiration from Northern Ireland’s Giants Causeway, Sip & Stone highlights the history and heritage of the local area. The modern, contemporary and natural design of the new restaurant creates the perfect “sit back and relax” environment for passengers as they begin their journey at Belfast International Airport, and will be open all day from breakfast to the last flight.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said: “SSP has innovated this space from a traditional food village, to a modern concept, with an environment that is in tune with the needs of the aspirational customer. In the development, we’ve worked closely with the airport to underscore Belfast’s culture and culinary traditions.”

Graham Keddie, managing director at Belfast International Airport, said; “Belfast International Airport is in an exciting phase of growth with over six million passengers expected to travel through the airport in 2018. It is essential to provide facilities that meet the growing needs of our leisure and business customers and we are pleased that SSP has invested in these new facilities.  I’m sure passengers will enjoy sampling some iconic culinary delights that will be on offer at Sip & Stone.”

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SSP UK names its new Charity of the Year Macmillan Cancer Support

SSP UK names its new Charity of the Year Macmillan Cancer Support

 

LONDON, 2018-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP UK, a leading provider of food and drink concessions in travel locations, has named Macmillan Cancer Support as its new Charity of the Year. Macmillan provides emotional, practical, financial and medical support to people and their friends and families living with cancer.  During 2018, SSP colleagues across the company’s c.700 UK outlets will be raising much needed funds for the charity.

Colleague fundraising will take place across hundreds of SSP sites up and down the country, as well as its Birmingham and London offices.  SSP colleagues will join together to raise funds for the charity as part of four dedicated fundraising events throughout the year, including Macmillan’s well-known annual Coffee Morning.  Macmillan will also receive a third of the donations received into the SSP Foundation’s till-point collection tins, and a £100,000 grant from the SSP Foundation will give a further boost to the fundraising.

Gini Smith, Macmillan Cancer Support Corporate Partnership Manager, said, “We’re delighted to welcome SSP UK on board as a new corporate partner. Almost one in two of us will receive a cancer diagnosis by 2020, and Macmillan’s aim is to be there for everyone living with cancer when they need it most.  We rely on much-needed donations from companies such as SSP to be able to provide support during treatment or help with work and money worries.”

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK & Ireland, added, “We’re pleased to be working together with Macmillan to fund expert cancer support. We have around 10,000 colleagues across the country, which means that unfortunately, cancer will have affected many of us. But Macmillan is there to help people live life, and by fundraising for this important charity, our colleagues will help people get the support they need to face cancer. We are looking forward to a year of fun charitable events and hope to raise thousands for Macmillan in the process.”

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SSP opens Factory Bar & Kitchen at Birmingham Airport

SSP opens Factory Bar & Kitchen bar and restaurant at Birmingham Airport

LONDON, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has opened a new bar and restaurant at Birmingham Airport. Called Factory Bar & Kitchen, the new concept has been inspired by Birmingham’s heritage, and pays tribute to the pivotal role the city played in the industrial revolution.

Factory Bar & Kitchen serves an array of British classics alongside local Birmingham favourites. The menu will include wood fire stone-baked pizzas with delicious crispy crusts that can be enjoyed in the restaurant, or can be ordered as take-away to enjoy on the flight. Among the choice on offer is a selection of dishes that are a nod to the Indian flavours at the heart of Birmingham’s food culture. A Balti pizza features Balti flavoured chargrilled chicken, cheese and chilli with a mint and coriander relish. There is also a Balti burger, made with succulent chargrilled chicken, citrus slaw, an onion bhaji, curried mayonnaise and a mint and coriander relish.

The restaurant will also provide a tempting breakfast menu and a selection of artisan coffees. The bar will offer a range of 13 premium draught beers, bottled beers and a carefully balanced selection of wines and spirits.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said; “The Factory Bar & Kitchen has been designed in partnership with our clients at Birmingham Airport to offer all our customers a fantastic experience. We are delighted to provide local favourites to create a sense of place, all served in a warm and inviting environment. We look forward to welcoming all our guests to enjoy this great new concept.”

Jo Lloyd, Commercial Director of Birmingham Airport said; “We are delighted to be opening another fantastic catering outlet here at Birmingham Airport with SSP UK.  This new concept will be a welcome addition to the Departure Lounge, offering passengers even more choice as they start their holiday.”

SOURCE: SSP The Food Travel Experts

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SSP opens Ritazza coffee shop in Glasgow Prestwick Airport

London, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, will be opening its first Ritazza coffee unit in Scotland at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

The coffee shop, which opened on 8th December, serves a range of hot and cold beverages from freshly brewed barista coffees and a range of English breakfast and herbal teas to refreshing iced lemonade. The food menu includes a host of sweet and savoury favourites including toasties, baguettes, breakfast rolls, pastries and cakes, all available to eat in or take away.

There is a seating area with 50 covers so that travellers can relax whilst enjoying a coffee or a meal before their flight. It will feature the new look and style that made its highly successful debut at London Euston station.

Commenting on the new openings, Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said; “We have had great success with our rebranded Ritazza at London Euston station and we are delighted to be able to bring the Ritazza experience to Scotland. The brand is a perfect addition to the mix at the airport, with a great range of food and drink for customers to enjoy before they fly.”

Derek Banks, Glasgow Prestwick’s Finance and Commercial Director added; “We are delighted to work alongside SSP and open the first Ritazza coffee unit in Scotland, continuing our excellent partnership with SSP.

“This new brand gives our passengers and visitors a great choice and compliments our current facilities.”

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SSP teams up with café-bar and restaurant brand Grind to open outlets at key London locations

SSP teams up with café-bar and restaurant brand Grind to open outlets at key London locations

 

London, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has partnered with fast-growing café-bar and restaurant brand Grind and plans to open an outlet at a key London location within the next 12 months, with a pipeline of additional locations in both air and rail under discussion.

Grind launched in Shoreditch in 2011, and the brand has since established itself as a best-in-class operator, ‘burning the candle at both ends’ to serve coffee, food and cocktails – to a killer soundtrack.

Grind’s coffee, roasted daily at their Shoreditch Roastery and HQ, is renowned as being amongst the very best in the UK and their cocktails, particularly the Grind Espresso Martini, have also established an enviable reputation. Grind also runs a recording studio at the original Grind in Shoreditch, as well as a late-night club-bar in Clerkenwell.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said; “Grind is an outstanding brand and we are delighted to be able to include it in our brand portfolio. The concept is great for the travelling consumer looking for excellent coffee and food, as well as for locals who want to grab a drink or a bite to eat. It is the ideal complement to our other coffee brands.”

David Abrahamovitch, CEO and founder of Grind, was similarly enthusiastic about the new collaboration. “Grind has always been about serving high quality coffee and cocktails to busy Londoners who demand the best – and we’re incredibly excited to be partnering with SSP to bring Grind into airports and train stations nationally for the first time.”

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SSP and Paul Hollywood to create brand new coffee and bakery concept at London’s Euston station

SSP and Paul Hollywood to create brand new coffee and bakery concept at London’s Euston station

LONDON, 2017-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has teamed up with renowned baker and star of Great British Bake Off Paul Hollywood to create a brand new coffee and bakery concept at London’s Euston station. KNEAD by Paul Hollywood will welcome its first customers at the end of September.

The creation of KNEAD is an extension of Paul’s deep passion for baking. From his early beginnings working in his father’s bakery to his fame as a judge on one of the nation’s favourite television shows, Paul has loved and championed baking for as long as he can remember.

KNEAD will be a welcome addition to the food on the go scene in Euston. KNEAD will open every day for breakfast serving hand crafted barista coffee, Paul’s breakfast favourites such as the bacon butty “just like mum makes”, through to lunchtime where the menu focuses on great British classics such hearty handmade pies, mash and gravy, sausage rolls (sold by the inch), deli sandwiches, and it wouldn’t be Paul Hollywood without a selection delicious freshly baked pastries and cakes. The store has been designed with all occasions in mind and boasts indoor seating, mobile charging points and access to Euston station’s free wifi, perfect for customers on the go or for those with time to spare.

Adding to the atmosphere, customers will be able to watch their food being prepared and cooked live in the open plan kitchen, and will be able to choose exactly which freshly baked roll or piece of crispy bacon they’d like in their sandwich.

Speaking about KNEAD Paul Hollywood, said; “KNEAD has been a project I’ve been working on for some time, and I can’t wait for you to come and experience what we have created. We have worked really hard to give our customers something different, making sure we use the best possible ingredients and give customers the greatest service. Just wait until you taste the difference in my bacon butties and sausage rolls!”

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said: “We are delighted to be working with one of the country’s most celebrated and recognised bakers to bring a concept that’s new and exciting to the people who travel through or live and work in and around Euston.”

Hamish Kiernan, Commercial Director of Retail at Network Rail Property, said: “The fact that Paul Hollywood has chosen Euston station as the site of the very first KNEAD is an indication of our stations’ excellent reputation.

“Network Rail stations have already established themselves as destinations in their own right and our retail offer means more people are coming to our stations to shop, meet and eat.  KNEAD makes an exciting addition to Euston that we hope our customers and passengers will enjoy.”

For more information and exciting announcements coming soon, please visit: www.kneadbakeryandcoffee.com

SOURCE: SSP Group Plc.

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SSP embarks on a £2.5 million expansion at Belfast International Airport

SSP embarks on a £2.5 million expansion at Belfast International Airport

 

London, 2017-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, is embarking on a £2.5 million expansion at Belfast International Airport which will lead to up to seventy new full and part-time jobs.

Most of the work will be at existing airside outlets. The popular Lagan Bar has already been extended at the front and rear, creating seating for an additional 100 customers. In addition, the Starbucks coffee shop will undergo a complete refurbishment.

SSP, which currently operates all but one food and beverage unit at the airport, will also convert Strangford Kitchen & Grill to a food-led premium bar, and transform the airport’s Café Bar into a second Ritazza coffee shop.

Belfast International Airport Director of Commercial Development, Brian Carlin, said: “SSP’s investment is most welcome. The airport is seeing unprecedented double-digit passenger growth, and it is to SSP’s credit that it is responding by expanding facilities to meet increased demand.

“It’s a significant investment by a company with a proven track record for quality and delivery. SSP is an essential part of our successful airport operations, and this work will transform existing outlets leading to improved passenger facilities.”

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said: “We have been working at Belfast for over 15 years, and we are delighted to be building on this longstanding relationship with one of the UK’s most important airports. In just a few years, passenger numbers have risen to just over 5.1 million last year.

“An additional 500,000 passengers will pass through the terminal this year, creating yet another new record. This investment will ensure that we will continue to deliver excellent food and beverage to Belfast’s passengers traveller numbers rise.”

Source: SSP

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SSP opens Leon and bar concept Cabin at London Paddington station

SSP opens Leon and bar concept Cabin at London Paddington station

 

London, 2017-Jul-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has opened a new restaurant and a new bar at London Paddington station.

The new units are healthy eating brand Leon and bar concept Cabin. The Leon outlet measures 2,700 square feet, and is the second Leon outlet to be opened by SSP. The Cabin, which extends over 2,300 square feet, is SSP’s own concept and has already proven highly popular at other locations such as Waterloo station as well as Manchester, Stansted, Bristol and Newcastle airports.The new developments are located on the balcony, a seating area that overlooks the concourse in the area known as ‘the lawn’.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said; “We are delighted to be opening these two new outlets at London Paddington – one of London’s busiest stations. The addition of these brands will enhance the offering available to passengers at the station, giving commuters and tourists alike more options of where to grab a bite to eat before boarding their train, and will serve as a great place for people who live and work in the area to have a lunch time snack or an after-work drink.”

Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail for Network Rail Property, said; “The new additions from SSP into the rejuvenated Paddington Lawn help bolster both our daytime and evening offer. This historic station gives commuters a high-quality customer experience, meaning it is no longer just a place for travel, but a place where people choose to shop, meet and eat.”

John Vincent, Leon co-founder and chief executive said; “We have always said we want to be there when people need us, and travelling makes you tired and hungry. Paddington travellers can now leave their marmalade sandwiches at home and fill up with tasty Leon food instead.”

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SSP Group brings new M&S Simply Food outlet at Bristol Airport

LONDON, 2017-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has opened a new M&S Simply Food outlet at Bristol Airport.

The opening of a new Marks & Spencer underscores Bristol Airport’s reputation as one of the UK’s fastest growing regional airports.

Simon Preece, Commercial Director, Bristol Airport said:

“We are delighted to welcome the M&S Simply Food brand to Bristol Airport for the first time.  This is an iconic brand that will significantly enhance the retail offer available to passengers, continuing to further extend the choice of retails shops on site.  The location of the new store, situated within the new £24m west terminal extension, is suitable for all passengers whether arriving or departing and will offer extended opening hours not available on the high street.”

The new M&S Simply Food outlet offers customers the very best of M&S’s special and different food, including Food on the Move and a great range of food for tonight. It will open to welcome passengers from the first flight and serve travellers up to the last flight of the day.

Simon Smith, CEO, SSP UK & Ireland commented:

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Bristol Airport with the opening of the new M&S Simply Food retail outlet in arrivals. We have been trading at the airport for over 10 years and this new partnership extends our long-term relationship as the airport’s leading food and beverage supplier.”

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SSP opens new Starbucks store at Gatwick South Terminal

Starbucks. South Terminal. Gatwick Airport,
Photo: Zute Lightfoot

 

London, 2017-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP has opened a new Starbucks store at Gatwick South Terminal. The new store will serve the full range of Starbucks coffees, made with high-quality, ethically-sourced Arabica beans. The new coffee shop will also offer a menu designed to meet the needs of travelling customers. This includes delicious food items, such as the newly-launched Breakfast Hot Boxes, including Super Scrambled Eggs, Tomato & Spinach or Spicy Chorizo, Poached Egg and Potato.

The Gatwick South Terminal Starbucks store has been designed to reflect the needs of its customers, and the menu includes a wide range of items to grab and go as well as selections for those who have more time to linger. There are also digital features including wireless charging zones and Gatwick’s free, fast Wi-Fi for customers on the go. There is hand-painted artwork on the timber-clad walls, and the shape of the walk-ways and curved surfaces reflect airport design features, such as luggage carousels and runways.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said: “We’re delighted to have been chosen to operate a fantastic new Starbucks coffee shop in the newly developed South terminal area at Gatwick, and to be building on our successful relationship with one of the UK’s most prestigious airports.”

Guy Stephenson, Gatwick’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “The opening of this new Starbucks store at Gatwick perfectly complements our existing line up of shops and restaurants. Our passengers want fast and reliable service from brands they trust as they travel across the globe so Starbucks coffee, recognised the world over, will be very well received. This opening further adds to the wealth of food and drink choices at Gatwick – with passengers able to have take-away options from all restaurants or receive their order within 15 minutes when dining in.”

Gatwick Airport offers flights to more destinations than any other UK airport and has increased its lead as the world’s most efficient single-runway airport – with 43 million passengers now travelling through its terminals each year.

Michael Haley, director channel licensing, Starbucks Europe, Middle East and Africa said: “We are thrilled to open our new store at Gatwick South Terminal with SSP UK. The new store is designed with the travelling customer in mind, with innovative wireless charging, bringing our world class coffee, with added convenience.”

To celebrate the opening, the store will be running specialist coffee tastings lead by Starbucks Coffee Masters throughout the opening period.

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SSP opens new James Martin Kitchens at Manchester Piccadilly railway station and Debenhams intu Lakeside

SSP opens new James Martin Kitchens at Manchester Piccadilly railway station and Debenhams intu Lakeside

 

LONDON, 2016-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has opened two new James Martin Kitchens in the space of a month.

The brand, which made its debut at London Stansted Airport in 2015, can now be found at a station as well as a leading shopping centre. New James Martin Kitchens have now opened at Manchester Piccadilly railway station and Debenhams intu Lakeside.

With its roots firmly in the farms of Britain, James Martin Kitchen is a premium bakery that offers a combination of fresh farm ingredients and the highest quality baking, highlighting the best of what Britain has to offer in an attractive cafe setting. Every ingredient is sourced as locally and is as fresh as possible.

At breakfast time there is a range of hot and cold breakfast sandwiches, fruit and yogurt pots and enticing pastries. JMK’s coffee is James’ favourite blend, aptly named Kickstart. Moving through the day, freshly made pies, wraps, sandwiches, baguettes and salads make a perfect lunch. There’s also a range of home-made cakes and biscuits made to James’ famous recipes.

Commenting on the new openings, Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said; “James Martin Kitchen is a brand that passengers love and our clients want. It’s already been a big hit at Stansted, and we are confident that it will be equally as well received at Manchester and Lakeside. It’s a brand that has been developed to have the flexibility to perform well in a range of channels – whether that’s an airport, a railway station or a shopping centre.”

Sam Shutt, head of external business – food at Debenhams said; “The opening of the James Martin Kitchen represents a significant step forward in our desire to provide an exciting, quality, affordable premium food offer, for both our valued and loyal customers of today, whilst reaching out to a new customer audience for the future. Debenhams is pleased to be offering the first James Martin Kitchen outside of the travel retail sector.”

Daniel Charles, Head of Retail at Network Rail Property commented; “We are delighted to welcome the very first James Martin Kitchen at a railway station, which supports our continuing aspiration to enhance the customer experience and grow the retail offer at our stations as they become destinations in their own right. This concept will further improve the quality and range of food on offer to the 40 million passengers who travel through Manchester Piccadilly station every year.”

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SSP brings LEON to Liverpool Street Station

LONDON, 2016-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Naturally Fast Food chain LEON launches its new menu today [Wednesday 21 September].

The autumn menu includes an exclusive new dish, made in collaboration with professional chef, food writer and TV presenter, Gizzi Erskine. Rooted in their shared passion for satisfying nutritious recipes, and keen to create a fun new menu item together, the LEON X Gizzi Chicken Satay Salad takes inspiration from Gizzi’s cookbook Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite and proves that it is possible for fast food to be good food created by chefs.

It has also opened its new Liverpool Street Station store, the first to be opened by franchise partners SSP. The partners signed a deal earlier this year which will see LEON bring its fun, fresh and fast food to additional new sites in railway stations across the UK.

The chain’s commitment to helping everyone eat well, live well and eat more plants is borne out by the addition of three new vegan items to the menu (coconut bircher, black bean and avocado pot and sweet potato falafel salad). This comes as LEON’s Vegan Superclean Quinoa Salad scooped the Best Vegan Salad award at Peta UK’s Vegan Food Awards.

The Gizzi satay salad comprises a sweet potato, carrot and daikon spiralised salad, topped with LEON’s chargrilled chicken and finished with a punchy pot of satay sauce. A generous sprinkling of LEON’s toasted seeds is added last for extra crunch.

For those reluctant to abandon meat eating entirely, the new menu will include Pulled Ham Black Bean [LEON’s current black bean dish with ham added] and Sicilian Chicken Meatball Salad.

Excited for the launch of the brand new dish, CEO John Vincent says, “I love working with people that I love working with. Gizzi cares about and enjoys food as much as us, and has always believed as we do that food can both taste good and do you good. We’ve found a soulmate – together we’re going to create the next chapter in the future of fast food.”

Gizzi adds: “I’ve always loved LEON, and working with them to turn my recipe into a quick and healthy dish has been so much fun. There have been so many unexpected obstacles – from sourcing affordable ingredients without compromising quality, to making the method simple enough to serve the dish within thirty seconds across thirty-eight stores. I’ve really enjoyed coming up with innovative solutions to these challenges, and I’m really proud of what we’ve created together and the fact it’s available for all LEON lovers. We’re working on more exciting projects this year, so watch this space.”

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said: “We are delighted to be bringing this great brand to passengers at London Liverpool Street as well as those who live and work in the local area. Offering a fresh take on the concept of ‘fast food’ Leon is a brand that will undoubtedly prove popular with SSP’s customers and our clients. “

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SSP to open its first Ed’s Easy Diner at London’s Liverpool Street Station

LONDON, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is set to open its first Ed’s Easy Diner at London’s Liverpool Street Station. The new restaurant is scheduled to open this month.

Launching over a quarter of a century ago Ed’s Easy Diner welcomed its first customers in London’s Soho, bringing a flavour of 1950’s America to the capital. With its shiny chrome fittings, red and white signature colour scheme and neon signage Ed’s quickly became a must-visit on the itinerary of locals and tourists alike. To the classic Diner experience – a quick bite, reliable food, sassy service and customers always remembered – Ed’s added fun and nostalgia.

“We are pleased to welcome Ed’s Easy Diner to Liverpool Street as part of another major Network Rail retail development,” said Hamish Kiernan, Commercial Director at Network Rail. “Ed’s is one of the fastest growing Casual Dining formats in the UK and their franchise partnership with SSP is a perfect combination to drive operating success in the more complex station environment. We believe Ed’s will be a welcome addition to our Liverpool Street portfolio, providing locals and station users a unique US-style diner experience.”

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK was similarly upbeat about the prospects for the new Diner. “Ed’s is a much-loved brand that has a truly unique personality and a stand-out style that captures the imagination. It will be the perfect complement to the wide choice of bars restaurants, cafes and shops that visitors to Liverpool Street will be able to enjoy.”

CEO of Ed’s Easy Diner, Andrew Guy comments: “We are delighted to be embarking on the expansion of Ed’s and our first station opening, working with experienced partners SSP. Dwell time at train stations is certainly increasing and with a daily footfall of 180,000 people, we’re confident the Liverpool Street Diner will be a success. Together with SSP, we’ll aim to open 10 more Diners by the summer of 2020 in UK stations, airports and visitor attractions.”

In addition to Ed’s Easy Diner, SSP will also open a new Mi Casa Burritos, and, as previously announced, a Leon restaurant. The company currently operates 12 units in Liverpool Street and the brands it operates include M&S Simply Food, Delice de France, The Pasty Shop, Camden food co., The Merchant, Whistlestop, and Starbucks. The company opened its first unit at the station in 2000.

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Source: SSP America

SSP partners with naturally fast food brand LEON

LONDON, 2016-May-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has entered into a partnership with naturally fast food brand LEON. The initial five-year deal will allow LEON to bring its fun, fresh and fast food to an additional number of railway station sites across the UK.

It is expected the first Leon stores operated by SSP will open later this year at London’s Liverpool Street station and in Paddington station.

LEON first opened in London in 2004 and shortly after was named ‘Best New UK Restaurant’ by the Observer. Since then the founders, friends John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby, have opened 34 more stores in the UK.

Guests at LEON stores, run in partnership with SSP, will get the same warm welcome that they do in all LEON stores and have the opportunity to try dishes that have been on the menu since the first LEON opened, including the Moroccan meatball hotbox, the signature fish finger wrap, and the original super food salad, as well as new seasonal specials.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said; “LEON was described by the Times as the ‘future of fast food’. We agree. LEON is the perfect partner for our travel sites. We are delighted to be able to add such an innovative brand to our portfolio.”

John Vincent, co-founder and CEO of LEON said: “When we started we imagined what fast food would be like in heaven – fast, fresh and naturally flavourful. And just like traditional fast food, we aim to be where people need and want us – on busy high streets, in airports and in train stations. This partnership with SSP in UK train stations means that together we can bring naturally fast food to even more busy people across the UK.”

LEON currently has 35 stores in London, Birmingham and transport hubs in the UK. They are set to open in Scotland and mainland Europe (Amsterdam) for the first time this summer.

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SSP announces the opening of Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant at London’s Euston Station

LONDON, 2016-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has opened a new restaurant in Euston Station with the UK’s “favourite Italian chef”, Gino D’Acampo and Individual Restaurants.

Called Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant, the new venue serves a wide selection of dishes throughout the day. Its opening follows the hugely successful launch, only two months ago, of Gino’s restaurant in Corn Exchange, Manchester.

The 150-cover restaurant includes a cocktail bar, an eat-at kitchen bar, and a dining area that extends onto the station’s mezzanine terrace, overlooking the main concourse.

The design has a true Mediterranean feel – its use of white marble, washed woods and trademark green leather reflecting Gino’s passion for his homeland of southern Italy.

Gino’s mission, underpinning the new restaurant, is to serve real Italian food as it should be, while keeping the offering affordable for everyone. No compromises are made, ensuring the use of well sourced, seasonal and artisan ingredients, and utilising Gino’s vast range of contacts across the diverse regions of Italy.

The day-to-evening menu is packed full of favourites from Gino’s books and TV programmes.

Opening from 7am until 11pm most evenings, Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant is the perfect place for breakfast meetings, lunch, dinner or an after work drink. The service will be very Italian and very efficient for those in a rush. The restaurant has been designed with the needs of a traveller in mind, equipped with mobile charging points, free wifi and washrooms for the exclusive use of customers.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said; “Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant at Euston is set to become a must-visit destination for those looking for a bite to eat or a drink on their way home, as well as those who live and work in the area. We’re delighted to be working with Gino and his team to bring authentic Italian cuisine to one of London’s most important stations.”

Gino D’Acampo says of the new venture; “After a year of planning, I can’t wait to welcome guests to My Restaurant, Euston Station. I want to give commuters and local residents a proper taste of Italy. I am so excited to be a part of the new food landscape in Euston and every effort has been made to make sure our guests have a truly authentic Italian experience.”

Hamish Kiernan, Director of Retail at Network Rail said; “We are pleased to welcome Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant to Euston Station. It will not only cater for the 71 million travellers who use the station every year but will also provide more choice for the thousands of office workers and local people who use the station but are not travelling.”

Gino D’Acampo first made his move into premium casual dining when he teamed up with friend and business partner Steven Walker, founder of Individual Restaurants.

If you have a press enquiry, please call Clare Williams at Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1483 243 546 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

SSP shortlisted as finalist in the Apprenticeships 4 England award

LONDON, 2016-Feb-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Apprenticeships 4 England award. The award recognises an employer’s commitment to developing its workforce throughout apprenticeships and supporting employees during their training.

Entries to the award were judged on how the organisation’s apprenticeship programme has a focus on the learner, has significant impact on the learner’s performance, and has been supported beyond the level expected by businesses of a similar size. It also recognises programmes that have developed in line with the company’s wider aims and objectives, and address the needs of the wider community.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said;“ We have invested heavily in developing SSP’s apprenticeship programme, and we are delighted to be shortlisted for this award. We are certain that it will do much to raise the profile of our programme, and we believe it will help us to encourage more young people to consider a career in this fantastic business as well as emphasising SSP’s position as the first choice for a career in hospitality. It’s an outstanding endorsement of the quality of our scheme.”

SSP’s apprenticeship programme has grown significantly in the five years since it was launched. To date it has trained over 2,500 apprentices, and the company currently employs over 260 apprentices across a variety of programmes. Apprentices can join the business at Level 2 and progress to level 3, 4 and 5 while performing their every-day roles. Over half of those who complete Level 3 are promoted into management roles.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

If you have a press enquiry, please call Clare Williams at Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1483 243 546 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

SSP opens two new coffee shops at Euston Station

LONDON, 2016-1-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is making a visit to Euston Station even better with the opening of two new coffee shops.

As part of a major refurbishment of the station, the new Starbucks welcomed its first customers at the end of 2015, while a Caffè Ritazza is scheduled to open early this year.

The Starbucks store is the first in the UK rail sector to offer Starbucks Evenings, which gives customers a choice from a range of small hot and cold sharing plates, alongside premium wines and beers. Dishes on the menu range from chorizo and prawn skewers with chilli ketchup, to truffle mac & cheese, and braised British beef.

The Caffè Ritazza will be designed to feature the brand’s new look and will offer a newly improved premium fine food range.

Commenting on the new openings, Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said; “We have had a long and successful relationship with Network Rail and we are delighted to be building on the success of this partnership with the opening of two great brands.”

Hamish Kiernan, director of retail at Network Rail said, “We want to create great places for station passengers and visitors. Part of this means providing a good selection of outlets where people can eat and drink, whatever time of day or night they are visiting. These two new additions to Euston station are part of major refurbishments and will help ensure we cater to the demands of the travelling public as well as all those who live and work near the station.”

If you have a press enquiry, please call Clare Williams at Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1483 243 546 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

SSP expands its presence in the hospital market with the opening of Camden food co. outlet at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow

LONDON, 2016-1-4 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has expanded its presence in the hospital market with the opening of a Camden food co. outlet at the newly constructed Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

The outlet will serve a range of sandwiches, hot snacks and salads alongside a selection of hot and cold drinks. It is located in a central area of the hospital, adjacent to a number of complementary retail outlets including a well-known grocery brand and a newsagent.

Commenting on the opening, Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK & Ireland said; “Camden has always been a brand that appeals to consumers who want to eat a balanced diet without compromising on taste. We have revised and reshaped the offer even further to meet the needs of hospital workers, visitors and patients, bringing high street quality offers into the campus. As experts in retail, we understand how to deliver high-street brands that are really attractive to customers as well as delivering incremental  income for the hospital.”

Dr Emilia Crighton, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Director of Public Health, said: “Our new hospitals are well served by a range of both NHS run and retail partner food and beverage outlets. It is important that we work closely with our retail partners to provide an exemplary range of healthy options in NHS food and drink outlets. We welcome the work of our retail partners in working towards national Healthcare Retail Standard and the Healthy Living Awards.”

The local NHS has recently introduced a policy that insists on the availability and promotion of a wide range of healthy food and drink choices in the all the health board’s food retail outlets. SSP has worked closely with the Health Board to further improve the offer of healthy choices and reduce sugar, salt and fat content of products served, and is one of the first retailers in the NHS to take the step of removing all sugared drinks from sale.

The new 1109 bed adult hospital and 256 bed children’s hospital represent the largest single NHS hospital building project in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK. The new facility includes a maternity unit and state of the art laboratory services. With approximately 10,000 staff, serving 150,000 in-patient and 575,000 out-patients and visitors annually.

If you have a press enquiry, please call Clare Williams at Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1483 243 546 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

SOURCE: SSP Group plc

SSP to open new M&S Food to Go outlet at Newcastle International Airport

LONDON, 2015-11-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is to enhance the facilities at Newcastle International Airport with the opening of a new M&S Food to Go outlet. The new facility is part of a major redevelopment of the airport’s landside facilities. Located in the arrival area, it will welcome its first customers later this year.

Commenting on the new opening, Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said “This new outlet will provide exactly the right options for passengers. The small format M&S Food to Go (which is the first in the airport sector and ideally suited to the needs of the traveller) means that we can give customers a product range we know they want on their way home – as well as a great coffee offer.”

David Laws, CEO of Newcastle Airport said; “We are delighted with this exciting news, which follows last week’s announcement of a new Caffè Ritazza to be opened later this year. The fact we’ve secured the first M&S Food to Go concept within the airport sector is great news for our customers and demonstrates the strength of our partnership with operator SSP, as well as the steps we’re taking as an airport to create an exceptional customer experience.”

· M&S Food to Go stores are small format stores selling M&S’ high quality, innovative food for ‘on the go’ customers and M&S’ market leading prepared meals. SSP has been operating the M&S brand since 2001, when it opened its first Simply Food outlet at London’s Liverpool Street station. Today the company runs over 50 stores across the UK.

SOURCE: SSP Group plc