Delaware North Cos. took over the food and beverage concessions at Charleston International Airport on Saturday. The company plans to open three new restaurants during the renovation project and five new restaurants by September 2015.
By Liz Segrist
Published May 23, 2014
When the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program is completed in September 2015, Delaware North will open its permanent lineup of six restaurants and bars.
The airport has secured a new food service provider as part of the Terminal Redevelopment and Improvement Program. (Photo/Provided)
This is the company’s first venture in South Carolina. Delaware North will build out all of the new concepts at the airport. The investment was not disclosed.
The current food service vendor, SSP America Inc. of Lansdowne, Va., notified its 63 employees that they will be laid off as of May 31, according to a filing under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
Employees of the outgoing food service vendor were offered opportunities to transition to Delaware North. Roughly 80% to 90% of SSP America employees will remain at the airport and work for Delaware North, according to Kevin Kelly, president of Delaware North Cos. Travel Hospitality Services.
Immediate restaurant changes:
Restaurant additions in fall 2015:
“We will invest millions over the next three years so that travelers flying into and out of Charleston International will have premier concession options that will include local flavors from favorite regional restaurants,” Kelly said. “When construction is complete, we expect travelers to look forward to making a stop at Charleston International.”
Delaware North Cos. is a 100-year-old, family-owned business based in Buffalo, N.Y. It operates food establishments in sports arenas, airports, hotels, parks and convention centers. It currently operates in 30 airports around the world.
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