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September 17, 2018

Delaware Welcome Center is Officially Renamed Biden Welcome Center

HMSHost joins in celebrating the renaming in honor of the Biden family

NEWARK, Del. – Road travelers along the busy Interstate 95 Northeast corridor are now greeted by the Biden Welcome Center.

Today, global restaurateur HMSHost joined former Vice President Joe Biden and family, along with local dignitaries and representatives as Delaware Governor John Carney signed House Bill 382 into law. It officially renamed the “Delaware Department of Transportation Welcome Center” on I-95 as the "Biden Welcome Center." It is in honor of the exemplary service and lifelong promotion the Biden Family has provided to the State of Delaware.   

“HMSHost is honored to be a part of this history and the exciting changes that further enhance the Biden Welcome Center as a premier place for road travelers to enjoy the latest food and beverage choices and modern amenities,” said HMSHost President & CEO Steve Johnson.

Today’s event is a part of the ongoing innovation happening both inside and out of one the busiest service areas on the east coast. The Biden Welcome Center offers new fresh, fast, and on-trend dining choices such as Pret A Manger, along with innovative technology such as quick-service kiosks that enhance the experience for time-crunched motorists.

In addition, to dining and tax-free shopping options at the Biden Welcome Center, travelers can also receive information on local and statewide attractions, events and activities. The Biden Welcome Center is also home to Delaware products that highlight the state’s distinctive heritage and culture.

Today’s ceremony was lived streamed and can be viewed at the following link:   

HMSHost Leading the Industry
HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2018 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the eleventh consecutive year) by Airport Revenue News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards recognized HMSHost’s Summer House Santa Monica at Chicago O’Hare International Airport as Best Airport Bar / Restaurant Atmosphere. HMSHost is a leader in sustainability practices which include plans to eliminate conventional plastic straw use by 2020. The company also creates original award-winning events like Airport Restaurant Month, Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, and the Adrian Awards Gold winning campaigns, #HMSHostLove and Eat Well. Travel Further.

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 100 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of nearly $3.3 billion and employs more than 41,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.6 billion in 2017, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 58,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   

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