April 29 2015  |  Retailers

SSP awarded US$200 million contract at Montréal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport

By Wendy Morley

At Le Grand Comptoir, travelers can sit and wind down over a glass of wine paired with exceptional food

SSP Canada, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded a contract at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL). The contract has an initial seven-year term with a three-year option. Over the full 10-year period, the contract is valued at approximately $200 million. SSP Canada will develop 10 units over more than 1,250 square meters and introduce a mix of local and continental as well as international proprietary brands.  All of the outlets are scheduled to open throughout 2016.

Michael Svagdis, President and CEO of SSP Canada, commented: “Montréal is renowned for its abundance of trend-setting restaurants and Quebecoise cuisine icons. We are incredibly proud to be working in partnership with Aéroports de Montréal to shine a spotlight on Montréal’s food culture, while introducing SSP’s own, award-winning original brands to the passengers of YUL.” 

YUL welcomes close to 15 million passengers per year, and provides nonstop air service to over 130 destinations worldwide.  Since 2000, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) has invested more than $2 billion and upgraded YUL to become one of the world’s most innovative gateways that prides itself on exceeding industry standards.  The airport is home to some 250 companies and generates close to 53,000 direct and indirect jobs. 

The lineup of 10 SSP Canada outlets consists of:

St-Viateur Bagel (two locations—International Jetty and Public Area): Nothing says Montréal more than St-Viateur Bagel & Café.  Their famous, hand-rolled bagels are made with 100% all-natural ingredients, boiled in honey-water and cooked in a wood fired oven.

QDC Burger (International Jetty): For over 25 years, Peter Morentzos and the Morentzos Group have created the most innovative food and beverage concepts in Canada and abroad.  Boasting a menu developed with the hamburger connoisseur in mind, QDC uses only the best products and ingredients. QDC Burger is known as one of the best burgers in Montréal. 

Trinity Modern Greek Taverna (International Jetty): MRG group’s Mediterranean / Greek concept will serve as a dual component of the space co-occupied by QDC Burger.  Authentic meat dishes featuring rotisseries of roast legs of lamb, gyros and souvlakis, calamari, and mezze, all combine as a feast of flavors served in an authentic Greek atmosphere.

Le Grand Comptoir (International Jetty): Le Grand Comptoir promises today’s travelers a new level of passenger experience, a beautifully designed travel oasis, where travelers can sit and wind down over a glass of wine paired with exceptional food.  It was the winner of the industry's prestigious FAB awards in 2012 for “World's Best Airport Wine Bar”, and was highly commended in 2014 in the “Airport Wine Bar of the Year” category for its operations at JFK.

UrbanCrave (Domestic Jetty): Recognizing early on that “street food” was enjoying a renaissance, SSP created UrbanCrave, a brand that brought the first “street eats” to the North American airport arena. UrbanCrave became an instant hit in the industry, winning ARN’s “Best New Food & Beverage Concept” in 2012.  UrbanCrave combines classic street food options and delivers them in an exaggerated, whimsical form full of fun, originality and powerful taste.

Hurley’s Irish Pub (Transborder Area): For over two decades, Bill Hurley has established his Hurley’s Irish Pub as the ultimate pub destination of choice for Montréal and the surrounding communities.  Recognized as North America’s largest purveyor of Ireland’s greatest beer, Guinness, Hurley’s reputation for fun and friendliness towards tourists and the multicultural communities of Montréal and Quebec is unequalled.

Camden food co. (International Jetty): Camden food co. is an international SSP in-house creative answer for traveler choice and healthy eating.  Camden brings a balanced approach, providing an abundance of healthy options alongside more indulgent yet affordably priced treats. Camden is the winner of ARN’s 2010 “Best New Food & Beverage Concept” and “Best Airport Restaurant Design.”

Tim Hortons (Transborder Area): For 50 years, customers in both Canada and the United States know that the name Tim Hortons is synonymous with top quality “always fresh” products, value and great customer service.  Menu items include Tim Hortons’ famous house-blend of premium coffee, 17+ varieties of donuts, hot breakfast sandwiches, made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, soups and chili.

Subway (Transborder Area): Subway is the world’s largest submarine sandwich chain with more than 42,000 locations in 108 countries around the world, and has become the leading choice for people seeking quick, nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy.  All Subway sandwiches can be customized to order to meet any dietary preference; there are over two million sandwich varieties available. 

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