Paradies Lagardère celebrates the opening of 5 new concessions at Tampa International Airport

Tampa, Fla., 2017-Sep-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tampa International Airport today celebrated the grand opening of eight new shops and restaurants – the most since the airport’s concessions redevelopment program began in 2016.

The new concepts include New York New York Pizza, Chick-fil-A, Burger 21, Shades of Time and Dylan’s Candy Bar on Airside A; SPANX, The Body Shop and News Channel 8 opened on Airside C.

“These new shops and restaurants reflect the local flavor and feel of the Tampa Bay region while also providing passengers access to a wide-range of prominent national and international brands,” said TPA’s Vice President of Airport Concessions Laurie Noyes. “These eight new options are a great addition to the Airport’s growing concessions program and will hopefully be enjoyed for years to come by our passengers.”

SPANX, The Body Shop and News Channel 8 are located just past security on Airside C and are operated by concessionaire Paradies Lagardère. SPANX is a popular brand of shapeware and body-enhancing clothing while Body Shop offers customers unique body care products aimed at enhancing their travelling experience. News Channel 8 is a convenience store featuring grab-and-go food delivered by local icon, Alessi Bakery.

Paradies Lagardère also celebrated two openings on Airside A: Dylan’s Candy Bar, a colorful candy store founded by Dylan Lauren, the daughter of designer Ralph Lauren, and Shades of Time, a purveyor of fashionable and contemporary time pieces, watches, pens and eyewear.

“Paradies Lagardère is excited to continue to introduce iconic shops to the travelers at Tampa International Airport,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère. “Dylan’s Candy Bar will bring a smile to everyone’s face with a sweet treat; SPANX will help travelers feel good about themselves with innovative shape wear, clothing and active wear offerings, while Shades of Time provides a fun Fashion Fix; The Body Shop will provide naturally-inspired beauty products; and WFLA News Channel 8 will not only satisfy the need for local Tampa regional news, a snack or beverage, but travel basics as well. We look forward to introducing more concepts to the airport, including PGA TOUR and The Runway.”

TPA Hospitality Partners is bringing some local flavor – and delicious pizza – to Airside A with the addition of New York New York Pizza, a staple in the Tampa Bay community.

“I am thrilled to have Freddy’s passion and pizza here at TPA! New York New York is a local pizzeria that brings classic New York style to the Bay area. Guests will know that the recipes are the real deal and the pizza is tossed right here when they bite into a slice. We are proud to bring more of what makes Tampa Bay a great destination to the airport,” said Maryann Ferenc with TPA Hospitality.

HMS Host cut the ribbon on Burger 21, a popular burger joint created by the locally-based Melting Pot company. The restaurant’s menu will feature a changing component based on favorites at their street-side locations.

“HMSHost is very excited about opening Burger 21 in Tampa International Airport and we thank the airport for the opportunity to serve travelers these craveable burger creations,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Michael Price. “Burger 21 is a local brand so our Airside A guests will not only enjoy a great dining experience, they get a true taste of Tampa.”

Rounding out the Airside A food court is Chick-fil-A.

“HBF Tampa Partners is pleased to be a part of the renovation of Tampa International Airport and very excited to bring Chick-fil-A to the passengers and employees of Terminal A,” said Zakery Thamert, Executive Vice President of QSR for Hojeij Branded Foods.

These new concessions options bring the Airport’s total number of new concessions up to 43.

The concessions redevelopment program includes a wider variety of choices than ever before, including more local brands. Roughly 40 percent of the food and beverage options are local, featuring such staples as Columbia, Cigar City, Four Green Fields, Buddy Brew and the Café by Mise en Place. Participation in the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) also increased to 14, bringing more woman- and minority-owned business to TPA.

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News convenience stores Ybor City News and Stellar Bay opens at Tampa International Airport

Tampa Bay, Fla., 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tampa International Airport today (July 14, 2017) celebrated the grand opening of two news convenience stores, Ybor City News and Stellar Bay, as well as popular Chinese food chain Panda Express.

Ybor City News, operated by the concessionaire group Paradies Lagardère, is located in TPA’s Blue Baggage Claim area, offering a convenient stop for refreshments, gifts, toiletries and other retail items for arriving passengers. The store offers an assortment of local brands, including sandwiches and snacks from Alessi Bakery.

“We are thrilled and very appreciative of the opportunity to continue expanding our relationship with Tampa International Airport,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO at Paradies Lagardère. “The Ybor City News store, like the CNBC and Tampa Bay Times stores, is resonating with travelers visiting the airport, and we look forward to introducing more exciting new concepts to the airport, including Dylan’s Candy Bar, SPANX, PGA TOUR, Hyde Park News, and WFLA News Channel 8.”

Stellar Bay, operated by Stellar Partners, is located in Airside C, which serves Southwest and Frontier airlines. It is the second location of the store – the other at Airside A – and brings with it a successful partnership with an innovative local charity and culinary training center, Inside the Box.

“Stellar has been a part of the TPA concessions family for almost 30 years,” said Susan Stackhouse, CEO and President Stellar Partners. “We are delighted and honored to be participating in the Concession Redevelopment Program. Stellar Bay is our news/convenience concept created exclusively for TPA. The store, serving Airside C’s Southwest passengers, features a wide-range of high quality merchandise including delicious, fresh grab-and-go sandwiches and salads provided by Inside the Box.  Stellar is honored to be partnering with Inside the Box, one of the successful social enterprise programs originated by Tampa’s Metropolitan Ministries.”

Proceeds from Inside the Box sales benefit the charity, which helps transition homeless men and women back into the workforce among other homeless assistance programs.

“Through our partnership with Susan Stackhouse and her team at Stellar, we have had the opportunity to share great food and our mission at Metropolitan Ministries with those in our community and the millions of people who visit us from other parts of the country and the world,” said Tim Marks, Metropolitan Ministries CEO and President. “With the additional presence in Airside A, our message of hope and self-sufficiency will have an even greater reach to local and global travelers. It has been a tremendous honor for us.”

Panda Express, operated by Delaware North, is located at Airside E, which serves Delta, Air Canada, WestJet and Swift Air passengers. The restaurant was founded in 1983 and and now has close to 2,000 locations throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, Guatemala, Canada, Mexico, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Korea, and Japan.

“Panda Express is honored to partner with Delaware North to bring the brand to Tampa International Airport and is excited to serve travelers the same quality, delicious flavorful variety they experience in our restaurants,” said Naris Urairat, License Operations Coach for Panda Express.

Ybor City News, Stellar Bay and Panda Express are part of TPA’s concessions redevelopment program which adds 69 new shops, restaurants and services to the growing airport. The program is expected to be completed and fully operational in 2018.

The concessions redevelopment options include a wider variety of choices than ever before, including more local brands. Roughly 40 percent of the food and beverages options are local, featuring such staples as Columbia, Cigar City, Four Green Fields, Buddy Brew and the Café by Mise en Place. Participation in the Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) also increased from three companies to 15, bringing more woman- and minority-owned business to TPA.

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SSP America opens new food hall Marche C at Tampa International Airport

SSP America opens new food hall Marche C at Tampa International Airport

 

London, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has announced the opening of Marche C at Tampa International Airport, which is part of a larger 10-year contract to operate 14 units at the airport. An immensely large food hall, Marche C draws travelers in with an impressive group of local, Tampa culinary heroes including Goody Goody, Ulele and Café con Leche Ybor City from Columbia Restaurant Group, as well as Bavaros, Fitlife Foods and Louis Pappas Fresh Greek.

With the original restaurant opening in 1905, the Columbia Restaurant Group (CRG) has been instrumental in building the Tampa culinary scene. Still owned and operated by the founding family, CRG restaurants Ulele, Goody Goody and Café con Leche Ybor City were the perfect choice for TPA Marche C.  Ulele offers travelers charbroiled and raw oysters, grouper and chicken as well as craft beers and cocktails. Founded in 1925 and reopened after a 12-year hiatus, Goody Goody features burgers, pies and fries as well as breakfast sandwiches. A new concept created specifically for Marche C, Café con Leche Ybor City offers travelers a variety of coffees brewed in Tampa’s Ybor City, as well as delicious churros and pastries.

“We are tremendously excited for our three restaurants to join our restaurant friends and colleagues here at Marche C,” said Richard Gonzmart, fourth generation “caretaker” of the Columbia Restaurant Group. “Airports form travelers’ first and last impressions of an area. With Tampa International now offering a wide array of flavors from locally owned, family businesses, the best airport in the country now becomes the one with the best taste, too.”

Staying true to the Pappas family’s core values of pure Greek cooking, Louis L. Pappas continues almost a century of Pappas tradition with his fast casual concept, Louis Pappas Fresh Greek. Louis Pappas Fresh Greek serves up authentic Greek cuisine to a new generation of today’s busy customers who refuse to choose between convenience and great taste.  Using only the freshest and healthiest of ingredients, the talented chefs at Louis Pappas Fresh Greek have brought a true taste of Tampa to Marche C.

Speaking on the opening, Louis Pappas said, “Louis Pappas Fresh Greek is proud to be among the Tampa Bay area restaurants chosen to part of Tampa International’s new look. Louis Pappas Fresh Greek and our partner, SSP America will continue to provide a high standard of food quality and service to busy travelers, representing Tampa Bay with pride.”

Prior to opening Bavaro’s, founder Dan Bavaro traveled to Italy to learn firsthand the art of Neapolitan pizza making from 3rd generation Neapolitan family bakers. When he returned, Bavaro created a menu is focused around a stunning imported wood-fired brick oven hand crafted and brought over from Naples.  At Marche C, travelers flock to the crackling sound of the flamed 900 degree oven and the sweet aroma of fresh, Italian flavors.

When asked about the grand opening, Bavaro said, “We are honored to partner with SSP America and Tampa International Airport, and are incredibly excited about the opportunity to share our passion with travellers at Marche C.”

David Osterweil’s Fitlife Foods will offer passengers flavor-forward, healthy grab-and-go meals specifically prepared to power your travel endurance.  Using fresh local ingredients, salads, wraps and expertly crafted meals and snacks are perfectly portioned, and meet every dietary preference including gluten-free, low-carb and vegetarian.

Commenting on the opening, Osterweil said, “We’re excited to be a part of this opportunity and represent Tampa and the local business community. At Fitlife Foods, we are committed to powering travelers to be at their best with our fresh, grab and go items that are nutritious, delicious and perfectly crafted from scratch.  It’s time to energize people moving through TPA!”

SSP America CEO Michael Svagdis commented, “We are honored to deliver a concept that is tailored to TPA’s vision of an extraordinary passenger experience that attracts travelers from around the globe.The restaurants at Marche C will truly offer TPA travelers a taste of place.”

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SSP America announces the opening of The Eatery at Tampa International Airport

London, 2017-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has announced the opening of a 7,700 square-foot marché at Tampa International Airport comprised of six brands which offer the TPA traveler a memorable taste of the Tampa Bay region.

The opening of The Eatery at Terminal F is part of a larger 10-year, $298 million contract awarded by the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority to operate 14 units occupying over 22,168 square feet at Tampa International Airport (TPA). Tampa International Airport is one of the region’s most significant economic engines, with a total economic output of more than $7 billion. The airport and its tenants employ more than 7,000 people on the airport campus and support more than 80,000 jobs in the community. TPA reported more than 18.9 million passengers in 2016.

>Michael Svagdis, SSP America Chief Executive Officer commented, “There’s a great synergy among this all-star group which includes our operating partner Perez of Florida Inc. and design team Alfonso Architects as well as this extraordinary group of local restaurant leaders. We are passionate about this long-term partnership and a collective focus on bringing the TPA passengers a unique taste of place from the Tampa Bay region.”

“Having worked with SSP America since 2001 as an Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), I love that my own passion for great local restaurants is equaled by the SSP America team. And, of course, it’s great to see these amazing local brands continue to expand and develop their businesses airside,” said Ruben Perez, President of Perez of Florida, Inc.

SSP America is proud to have also partnered with Alfonso Architects, a Tampa based Architectural Design firm with a history of delivering many iconic and complex projects at Tampa International Airport including Airside C, the recent International Addition to Airside F, and the exciting new Eatery at Airside F. Over 5 years ago HCAA envisioned a unique dining experience at Airside F that would raise the bar on dining for travelling airport guests.  Ultimately SSP America and Alfonso Architects were entrusted to deliver this new groundbreaking venue by assembling local and national brands in a high energy, modern Marche atmosphere.

TPA Marché F offers passengers a local market-place style eatery with multiple paying options, either at the counter where they order or at a central point of service location.

Bella Veloce: Opened in 1986, Bella’s Italian Café has become a Tampa star known for its authentic Italian food and warm, welcoming neighborhood ambience. At The Eatery, Bella Veloce will emphasize a carefully curated “best of” list, focusing on its hot-from-the-brick-oven pizza, mouthwatering sandwiches and garden-fresh salads. When asked about the opening, general manager Eric Potts said,“After 30 years in south Tampa we are honored to join SSP America’s TPA concessions team and are very excited about the exposure and the opportunity to reach new customers.”

Square 1: At Tampa’s own Square 1, all proteins are hormone and antibiotic-free, from the 100% all-natural Angus beef to ground chicken and buffalo—there’s even a juicy grilled Portobello burger for vegetarian travelers. Owners Joanie Corneil, Bill Shumate and Ray Leich source ingredients from the best purveyors, using only the finest seasonal produce, creamery-fresh dairy and fresh baked breads. Vice President Bill Milner said, “Square 1 is excited to partner with SSP America and TPA to bring our 11th location to market. Square 1 is an up-and-coming concept that appeals to all demographics. The exposure for Square 1 at the airport is incredible, and the partnership will only strengthen our brand.”

Buddy Brew: Brew Good and Do Good. That’s the Buddy Brew motto, reflecting Dave and Susan Ward’s commitment to sourcing the highest quality beans from the most dedicated sustainable farmers around the world. It also translates to the meticulous care in how the coffee is prepared, from hand roasting the beans to grinding and brewing them at the peak of freshness. Speaking on the opening, Ward said, “We couldn’t be more honored to represent Tampa by having a Buddy Brew Coffee bar at The Eatery. The opportunity to be exposed to domestic and international travelers in this wonderful airport is beyond measure.”

Fitlife Foods: David Osterweil’s Fitlife Foods offers passengers flavor-forward, healthy grab-and-go meals specifically prepared to power your travel endurance. Using fresh local ingredients, salads, wraps and expertly crafted meals and snacks are perfectly portioned, and meet every dietary preference including gluten-free, low-carb and vegetarian. Commenting on the opening, Osterweil said, “We’re excited to be a part of this opportunity and represent Tampa and the local business community. At Fitlife Foods, we are committed to powering travelers to be at their best with our fresh, grab-and-go items that are nutritious, delicious and perfectly crafted from scratch.”

Yogurtology: Yogurtology is known as “the art + science of frozen yogurt” and provides a truly memorable self-serve experience. Perfectly sized for travelers on the go and packed with the necessary vitamins and probiotic cultures to make it through the day. Director of Operations Kyle Walker commented, “We’re beyond excited to have the opportunity to share our fabulous product with everyone that travels through our great city. It truly has been an awesome experience bringing the local fare to TPA and giving them a little taste of what Tampa really has to offer!”

Liquid Provisions: A focal point in The Eatery, Liquid Provisions is an “effortlessly cool” spot created just for the TPA passengers. A full service bar punctuated by local craft beer offers a welcome respite from the stresses of travel while and a small plate menu featuring shareable plates like the charcuterie & cheese board, or forward-thinking twists on the classics like the smoked gouda mac & cheese or roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon-butter, honeyed golden raisins and shaved Reggiano. SSP America Vice President of Business Development, John Clark commented, “We are honored to deliver a concept that is tailored to TPA’s vision of an extraordinary passenger experience that attracts travelers from around the globe. Liquid Provisions will truly offer TPA travelers a taste of place.”

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SSP America announces the opening of Hard Rock Cafe at Tampa International Airport

LONDON, 2016-Aug-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, announced today (25-August-2016) the opening of Hard Rock Cafe at Tampa International Airport. The first Hard Rock Cafe to open in a North American airport, the restaurant’s iconic music memorabilia pieces and immersive dining experience will set an entertaining stage for TPA guests.

“The Hard Rock name really brings that ‘wow’ factor to our Main Terminal,” said Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano. “Having North America’s first airport Hard Rock Cafe puts us on an international map and will draw visitors from all over the world for many years to come.”

The TPA Hard Rock Cafe is operated by SSP America and features authentic memorabilia from new and legendary music icons, including pieces from Prince, Lady Gaga and Les Paul. The new Hard Rock Cafe will also feature a Rock Shop retail store, selling Tampa International Airport Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts, mugs, children’s clothing, pins and other merchandise branded specifically for the new airport location. The cafe celebrated its opening with Hard Rock’s traditional grand opening guitar smash, joined by a DJ and rock ‘n’ roll star impersonators.

“Our exclusive partnership with Florida’s own Hard Rock Cafe has made the opportunity to bring the very first iconic rock and roll restaurant to an airport possible,” said John Clark, Vice President, Business Development of SSP America. “We’re so glad this world-renowned brand has opened at Tampa International Airport because it’s but one indication of our larger commitment to the airport’s vision of remaining a major driver for economic growth in the region.”

“Of course, none of this would be possible without the help of our amazing local Tampa partners Bob Coyne, Ruben Perez, Carlos Alfonso and Drew Weatherford,” Clark said. “At SSP America, we have a passion for the passenger experience, and there is no experience quite like a Hard Rock Cafe.  With a vibrant energy, delicious food, custom cocktails and renowned Rock Shop, we’re confident TPA passengers will love Hard Rock Cafe!”

Hard Rock is one of the most globally recognized brands, with cafes and other venues all over the world. The first Hard Rock Cafe opened in London in 1971 – coincidentally the same year the newly constructed Tampa International Airport opened. Guests of Hard Rock can also enjoy authentic, American fare from the brand’s scratch-based menu, as well as a wide-variety of innovative cocktails.

“Hard Rock has been looking forward to opening another cafe after more than five successful years of operating in Tampa, and we could not have asked for a more dynamic and exciting location than the Tampa International Airport,” said Calum MacPherson, Area Vice President of Cafe Operations (North America – East) for Hard Rock International. “We look forward to becoming a must-see destination for both travelers and locals alike as we join this energetic community.”

SSP America and Hard Rock will celebrate the opening with a ceremonial “guitar smash,” where executives and local dignitaries will “smash” defective, non-playable guitars. In return, SSP America and Hard Rock will donate 10 new guitars to the Tampa Chapter of Guitars for Vets, a national organization that supports war Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Paradies Lagardère opens Tampa Bay Times store in Tampa International Airport

ATLANTA, 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, and the Tampa International Airport today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a Tampa Bay Times-branded store in Airside E.

Founded in 1884, Tampa Bay Times is Florida’s largest newspaper and has won 10 Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other awards. Passengers will stay informed through large HD screens showcasing Tampa Bay Times’ website, which receives more than two million unique users monthly. The store will also offer various products, including snacks and beverages, as well as basic travel essentials and a large variety of products, souvenirs and gifts that represent Tampa and the regional area.

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“We’re thrilled to debut the Tampa Bay Times at the Tampa International Airport,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO of Paradies Lagardère. “Not only is it a great complement to the airport, but passengers visiting the airport will find everything they need in this store, as well as experience the Tampa Bay Times brand, which has had an amazing presence regionally and beyond for more than 130 years.”

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Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Travel Essentials, Specialty Retail and Food and Beverage. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options.

Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers.

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