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March 11, 2019

HMSHost Greets Clinton National Airport Travelers With Chick-fil-A®

Travelers line up with Chick-fil-A’s “EAT MOR CHIKIN®” Cow on opening day

Chick-fil-A’s Clinton National Airport opening is celebrated with an official opening day ribbon cutting. From left to right: Teressa Holloway, Managing Partner, RSI Group, LLC; Pamela Mobley, President and CEO, RSI Group, LLC; Michael Price, Vice President of Business Development, HMSHost; Gus Vratsinas, Vice Chairman, Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission;  Jesse Mason, Chairman, Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission; Sheldon B. Poole, President, J.Q.Enterprises,Inc.; Ron Mathieu, Executive Director, Clinton National Airport; Meredith Catlett, Commissioner, Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission; Bryan Malinowski, Deputy Executive Director, Clinton National Airport; Joshua Burnett, Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator, Chenal & Markham locations; Chick-fil-A “Eat Mor Chikin®” Cow. (Photo credit: Clinton National Airport)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 11, 2019) – The Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches, nuggets, salads, and milkshakes that so many of us crave have now landed at Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport post-security, near gate 6. Global restaurateur HMSHost opened the new restaurant today with partners J.Q. Enterprises, Inc. and RSI Group, LLC as part of ongoing airport dining redevelopment efforts.

“Chick-fil-A has built its reputation on legendary customer service and HMSHost is proud to serve its freshly made food for Clinton National travelers to enjoy,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Michael Price. “This opening represents an important milestone for the dining upgrade projects in the airport’s renovation plan and HMSHost thanks the airport for their partnership in bringing Chick-fil-A to LIT travelers.”

"Chick-fil-A is one of Little Rock's most popular restaurants," said Ronald F. Mathieu, executive director, Clinton National Airport. "We're excited to work with HMSHost to bring this choice to our passengers as well as make upgrades to other food and beverage choices.”

Chick-fil-A is the leader in the restaurant industry in the chicken category; famous for food and service that has commanded a loyal following for many years. HMSHost operates several Chick-fil-A restaurants in airports across North America. The brand serves and exceeds the needs of travelers in airports through the same formula that has created success on the street and in malls; by focusing on simple, fresh, high-quality ingredients and keeping customer service top of mind.  

HMSHost’s recent dining upgrades at Clinton National are part an extension awarded in 2017 and included the addition of a new Chili’s Grill & Bar, remodeling Burger King, adding Chick-fil-A and more.  A list of existing HMSHost-operated locations at LIT is available on the HMSHost location finder map.

Photo caption: Chick-fil-A’s famous cow kicks off Clinton National Airport opening, encouraging guests to "EAT MOR CHIKIN" with signature chicken sandwich samples. (Photo credit: Clinton National Airport)

HMSHost Leading the Industry
HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as Restaurateur with the Highest Regard Customer Service, as well as Best Brand Restaurateur for Shake Shack by Airport Experience News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards gave first place honors to both of HMSHost’s Whisky River locations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. HMSHost is a leader in sustainability practices which includes its award-winning food donation program, as well as plans to eliminate conventional plastic straw use by 2020. The company also creates original award-winning events and campaigns including Airport Restaurant MonthChannel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, 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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