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January 24, 2018

HMSHost Greets Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Travelers with New Starbucks

Travelers in pre-security baggage claim area gain convenient access to popular offering

From left to right: Jim Payne, Director of Operations and Planning, Birmingham Airport Authority; Sylvester Lavender, Director of Finance, Birmingham Airport Authority; Michael H. Bell, Chairman of the Board, Birmingham Airport Authority; Kent Vanden Oever, Vice President of Business Development, HMSHost; Ron Cook, IT Administrator & Telecommunications Manager, Birmingham Airport Authority.

BIRMINGHAM, AL — Global restaurateur HMSHost and Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport celebrated the grand opening of a new Starbucks® store in the baggage claim area of the airport. This opening marks the third Starbucks® location in the airport and gives travelers and airport visitors convenient pre-security access to the nation’s leading coffeehouse experience. Travelers and guests celebrated with samples of signature Starbucks sandwiches, pastries, and Starbucks® caramel lattes.

“HMSHost is delighted to open a new Starbucks for Birmingham travelers and the airport community,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Kent Vanden Oever. “We thank the airport for their valued partnership and for this opportunity to give both travelers and those awaiting arriving passengers a place to relax and enjoy Starbucks beverages and food.”

“BHM is extremely excited to be able to provide this national favorite offering to our pre-security options for our passengers and visitors. We look forward to visitors and greeters coming in to enjoy a Starbucks break while they wait for their parties to arrive. We appreciate the longtime partners, both in the airport and in the community, we have in HMSHost,” said Toni Herrera-Bast, Birmingham Airport Authority PR/Marketing Manager.

In addition to this new Starbucks® store on the pre-security baggage claim level, HMSHost also operates Starbucks® stores on Concourse A and in the Concourse B/C food court in Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. HMSHost also operates Jim N’ Nicks Bar-B-Q, The Local @ BHM, and the handcrafted burger concept Grounded in Birmingham, among other dining locations. A list of HMSHost-operated locations at the airport is available on the HMSHost location finder map.

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as 2017 Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator (for the tenth consecutive year) and Food Operator with the Highest Regard for Customer Service (for the eighth year) by Airport Revenue News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards recognized HMSHost’s Dale Jr.’s Whisky River at Charlotte Douglas International Airport as Best Airport Bar and Best Airport Sitdown Dining. HMSHost infuses innovation and culinary expertise into everything we do; with events such as the first-of-its-kind Airport Restaurant Month at more than 50 airports across North America, the award-winning Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, 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 99 travel plazas in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $3.1 billion and employs more than 39,500 sales 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 over €4.5 billion in 2016, the Group operates in 31 countries and employs over 57,000 people. It manages approximately 4,000 stores in about 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit HMSHost.com for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   

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