Spokane awards retail and F&B concession to SSP America

SSP America, a division of SSP Group has been awarded a 10-year contract to lease, develop, and manage the Spokane International Airports restaurant and retail programme.

As a result, it will oversee the operation of nearly six retail locations and be responsible for developing and operating 11 restaurant locations in the airport’s terminals and soon-to-open expanded Concourse C gate area.

According to SSP, the new food and beverage will be focused on local restaurants which celebrate the region’s culinary landscape.

“When travellers visit Spokane International Airport, they’re not just passing through our gates onto their next destination,” noted Ezra Eckhardt, chair of the board at Spokane Airports.

“They’re stepping through the front door of the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene community, and reimagining the airport’s concessions programme enables us to simultaneously enhance the passenger experience and create new opportunities to engage and spotlight local Inland Northwest businesses.

“After an extensive RFP process, we’re pleased to welcome SSP America to the Airport and look forward to the innovative approach we expect they will bring to our concessions programme.”

Under SSP America, the gateway’s new restaurants and retail offerings will feature offerings from Zona Tacos and Tortas by the two-time James Beard Award Semi-finalist for Best Chef Northwest & Pacific, and restaurateur chef, Chad White, as well as The Yards Bruncheon by chef Adam Hegsted.

The restaurant line up also includes local favourites Jack & Dan’s Tavern, Iron Goat Brewing Co, Wanderlust Delicato, Wiley’s Downtown Bistro and Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters.

“We have a passion for bringing a ‘taste of place’ to passengers,” said Scott Welding, SSP America’s senior vice president of development and pursuit of new airports.

“Our ultimate goal is to shine a spotlight on the people, brands and flavours that make each region distinct and are thankful for the opportunity to become part of the Spokane International Airport community.”

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