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Delaware North Companies unveils six new food and retail concepts at new
BUFFALO, N.Y. (Sept. 17, 2008) - Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, one of the world's leading airport food and retail providers, is opening six new food and retail concepts when Detroit Metropolitan Airport unveils its new North Terminal today.
The new concepts are Hockeytown Café, Le Petit Bistro, Everything ASAP, T.G.I. Friday's, Gayle's Chocolates and the first-ever Sports Illustrated retail store. The Wayne County Airport Authority selected Delaware North to expand its food and retail offerings at the airport's new terminal.
"Delaware North is thrilled about the opening of the new terminal and the new concepts we're set to offer to travelers visiting the Detroit Metro Airport," said Matt King, president of Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services. "Our company has had great success at the airport and we truly understand the market. We're happy to grow our relationship with this great airport."
With the opening of these new concepts, Delaware North now operates more than 30 retail and restaurant locations within the airport. The company already manages restaurants and specialty shops in the airport's other terminals, including Fuddruckers, the Martini Lounge, Thee Irish Pub, Vito's Market/Coffee Beanery, the Henry Ford Museum Store, the Stylish Paw and Gadgets to Go.
"Our company's core philosophy is to find the right mix of local and national brands to represent an airport and its region," said King. "We've done that in Detroit and in the process we've built a great relationship with the airport and Wayne County Airport Authority that we look forward to continuing for many years to come."
Today, Delaware North is opening:
Sports Illustrated - Delaware North has partnered with Sports Illustrated to help the revered sports brand open its first-ever retail store. The SI store will feature an array of branded consumer products including apparel, books and magazines as well as branded merchandise of the area's professional (Red Wings, Tigers, Pistons, Lions) and college (Michigan State University and the University of Michigan) teams. The store will bear the brand's logo above the entrance and poster-sized Detroit-themed SI covers. It will also provide electronic kiosks where shoppers can check sports scores and access the company's online vault of past SI publications.
Hockeytown Café - Delaware North will open an airport location of this famous downtown Detroit restaurant that celebrates the city's love of hockey and its rich history with the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings. Since opening in 1998, the Hockeytown Café has been popular among locals for its delicious food, extensive beer list, broadcasts of Red Wings games and other Detroit sports teams, a display of vintage motorcycles and its sports-oriented décor. The restaurant was ranked by sports network ESPN2 as the second best sports bar in America.
Le Petit Bistro - This national concept features delicious deli-style food while providing travelers with a warm, welcoming European style atmosphere. The concept prides itself on its Bistro-style menu featuring food that is prepared fresh every day.
T.G.I. Friday's - This highly popular and recognizable national brand prides itself on its neighborhood atmosphere and creative menu of appetizers, soups, salads and entrees. A casual dining option, T.G.I. Friday's boasts extensive offerings for travelers.
Everything ASAP - Delaware North will open an Everything ASAP travel convenience store in the new north terminal, the second one at the airport. The retail concept stocks a host of amenities including cosmetics, over-the-counter medicines, cameras, batteries, small electronics, travel accessories and souvenirs, apparel, small toys, snacks and a variety of grab-n-go food items. The company has had great success with its proprietary store located in the airport's Terminal C, King said.
Gayle's Chocolates - The popular local concept features numerous chocolate and candy items and signature gifts. The concept is an off-shoot of a Detroit-area store that has seen great success. Delaware North already operates one such concept in the McNamara Terminal of the airport.
Delaware North Companies is a global leader in food service and hospitality with operations at such places as Wembley Stadium in the UK, Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Yosemite National Park. The company's Travel and Hospitality Services division operates at over two dozen airports worldwide including Los Angeles International Airport, Detroit Metro Airport and Melbourne Airport in Australia.
About Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services
Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, is one of the nation's leading airport food service and retail companies, operating 300 restaurants and retail outlets in more than 25 airports worldwide, and serving more than 350 million customers each year. The GuestPath® customer service training program ensures that all Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services associates embody the company's vision of "Providing Care and Comfort to People Away from Home."
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world's leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.