31 JANUARY 2011
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HMS Hosts, the airport retail specialist, is planning an expansion of its UK operation and into Europe. It currently operates in 111 airports around the globe, including 20 in Europe and the 20 busiest in North America. HMS Host is part of Autogrill, the world’s largest provider of food and beverage and retail services for what it calls “people on the move”. Autogrill also owns World Duty Free.
Heading up the European expansion is Dawn Wilding, English but established in Amsterdam, and with over 20 years in the international catering industry.
“We are not setting any targets,” she told AERBT, “But we are looking for expansion. Our outlets are at a number of UK airports including Heathrow T3 and T5, Manchester and London City”. Starbucks is probably the best known of franchises HMS Host operate but the company is also adept in creating an outlet tuned to a specific location, typically the Harvest Market concept at George Best Belfast City Airport and the Cork Food Market. By comparison with the single Belfast site, at Amsterdam the company offers some 70 outlets. www.hmshosteurope.com
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