HMSHost International, a travel hospitality specialist, has extended its presence in the UK securing the addition of five new stores and the extension of one store, for seven years at London Stansted Airport. The contracts are valued at just over €190m.
Alongside a recently opened Comptoir Libanais, Sunny Side Cafe, Perch and Terracotta, the company brings an additional LEON store, positioning the company as the largest food & beverage (F&B) operator at the London hub.
With a focus on fast service, a variety of menus and “instagrammable moments”, the five new stores are expected to be well received by passengers travelling through the UK’s fourth busiest airport, with Sytze van der Aa, Regional Managing Director Europe at HMSHost International saying: “Our new development at London Stansted shows how well we work with our partners; teaming up with Manchester Airports Group, listening to their wishes and combining this with our deep knowledge of travellers, resulting int eh delivery of a sensational food & beverage experience for our guests, and bringing global partners Comptoir Libanais and LEON, amongst others to the table. We can’t wait to see all our stores open and deliver travellers with a memorable F&B experience at London Stansted as we continue to create places to be.”
Meanwhile, Stephen Martin, London Stansted’s Retail Director, said: “As one of the fastest recovering airports in the UK, the £12m investment to provide passengers with a greater choice of contemporary and innovative places to dine, with fresh and varied menus, will really help create a buzz of excitement and a very positive airport experience. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of teams at HMS Host and here at the airport, these amazing new concepts are now ready to be enjoyed by the millions of people taking to the skies from London Stansted this summer.”
In addition to the five new stores, HMSHost UK has been busy redeveloping their existing stores. Travellers can already enjoy a drink at the newly opened concept Burnells, which has had a long awaited reveal after its pre-covid redevelopment. The original LEON will also enjoy a well-earned redevelopment, mirroring the newest store.