July 21 2022  |  Airline & Terminal News

HMSHost adds five outlets at STN

By Rick Lundstrom

Comptoir Libanais will please travelers with menu items like its Shakshuka Egg and Feta breakfast

HMSHost International has extended its presence in the United Kingdom, securing the addition of five new stores and extension of one store, for seven years at London Stansted Airport, with total contracts valued at just over €190 million (US$194 million).

Alongside a recently opened Comptoir Libanais, Sunny Side Café, Perch and Terracotta the company brings an additional LEON store, growing the partnership with Manchester Airports Group.

The five new stores at London Stansted will focus on fast service, variety of menus and instagrammable moments. Comptoir Libanais brings a sensory dining experience to travelers with its Shakshuka Egg & Feta breakfast. A new LEON opening on landside will give travelers the opportunity to enjoy the Naturally Fast Food brand on both landside and airside. Sunny Side Café, will serve coffee with fresh pastries. Premium bar and kitchen, Perch specializes in cocktails and Nikkei has an east-meets-west menu. Terracotta, a classic Italian osteria will offer handmade pizzas.

In addition to the five new stores at London Stansted, HMSHost UK has been busy redeveloping their existing stores. Travelers can already enjoy a drink at the newly opened concept Burnells, previously known as Illustrious, which has had a long-awaited reveal after its pre-covid redevelopment. The original LEON will also be renovated similar to the newest store.

The Perch Bar features crafted cocktails

“HMSHost International does a few things well; builds partnerships, understands brands and creates places to be,” said Sytze van der Aa, Regional Managing Director Europe at HMSHost International, in today’s announcement. “Our new development at London Stansted shows how well we work with partners, teaming up with Manchester Airports Group, listening to their wishes and combining this with our deep knowledge of travelers, resulting in the delivery of a sensational food and 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 travelers with a memorable food & beverage experience at London Stansted, as we continue to create places to be.”

Stephen Martin, London Stansted’s Retail Director, said: “This is a very exciting time for London Stansted as our growing and successful relationship with HMSHost has delivered this fantastic range of new restaurants in our departure lounge.

“As one of the fastest recovering airports in the UK, the £12 million 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 HMSHost 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.”

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