London Southend Airport announces US$6.7m investment in F&B

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London Southend Airport has announced a new partnership with The Restaurant Group (TRG) Concessions that will see more than £5m (US$6.7m) invested in developing the food and beverage (F&B) offer at the UK airport over the next 10 years.

TRG Concessions will take over the existing airport-operated F&B outlets and their existing teams in June 2018. These will then transition into a bespoke pub and dining concept named The Navigator, along with Giraffe Stop and Costa outlets, during the summer. More nationally recognized food and drink brands will be introduced over the coming years.

Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation, owners of London Southend Airport, said “We are consistently voted best airport in London and a key part of our mission is to deliver a great experience for our guests.

“We know from customer feedback that improving our food and beverage offer is the main way we can make their experience even better, so this new partnership with TRG Concessions, which will bring recognized brands to London Southend Airport, is fantastic news for passengers.

“It is also a great vote of confidence in the UK’s fastest growing airport, another step along our road to becoming both bigger and better.”

Commenting on the deal, Nick Ayerst, managing director, TRG Concessions, said “We are delighted to have acquired sites at London Southend Airport, given its future growth prospects.

“We look forward to trading them with a view to developing further award-winning new concessions at the airport over the next few years.

“We welcome our new team members into the business and will be investing in them to help support future growth in our Southend business.”

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