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Oct 22, 2019

HMSHost Awarded New Contract at Myrtle Beach International Airport

HMSHost enters South Carolina market to deliver leading food & beverage choices

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (October 22, 2019) – Starbucks® Coffee is set to land at Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), bringing a whole new level of energy to traveler options. Global restaurateur HMSHost, with partner J.Q. Enterprises, Inc., was awarded a 5-year contract valued at $14 million to operate two new concessions spaces at MYR, including Starbucks® Coffee and The Grand Strand Bar. HMSHost’s new MYR locations are expected to arrive in spring 2020. The upcoming openings mark HMSHost’s entry into delivering food and beverage choices in South Carolina.

“We are thrilled to partner with Myrtle Beach International Airport for the first time and look forward to providing an excellent food and drink experience for travelers flying in and out of the beloved Grand Strand area,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Bryan Loden. “The upcoming Starbucks and The Grand Strand Bar mark the perfect balance of choice for Myrtle Beach visitors to recharge before their flight, whether they’ve just come from a week at the beach or spent quality time on the links.”

“Horry County Department of Airports is thrilled to welcome Starbucks and The Grand Strand Bar to its line-up of incredible food and beverage offerings available at the Myrtle Beach International Airport,” said Scott Van Moppes, Director of Airports for Horry County. “In an Airport environment it is important to provide a variety of options to the traveling public, which includes a mix of international, national and local concepts. It is our goal to exceed our passengers’ expectations and with the addition of these two new concepts it is our hope that the MYR experience will be more memorable than ever before.”

This will be the airport’s first Starbucks® store, bringing travelers its signature coffee and beverages, baked goods, sandwiches, and snacks. Starbucks is the global leader in gourmet coffee, providing what many travelers consider an indispensable choice for airports.

HMSHost and the Horry County Department of Airports are collaborating on the development of a beer-forward bar concept to be called The Grand Strand Bar. The new bar will feature a selection of South Carolina brews along with leading national beers. The bar will also include an all-day menu featuring light breakfast items, snacks, and sandwiches for travelers to enjoy with a beverage or take away for their flight.

The upcoming openings mark HMSHost’s debut in the great state of South Carolina. For a current list of locations where HMSHost serves travelers, visit the HMSHost location finder.

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 Month, Channel 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 80 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of more than $3.5 billion and employs approximately 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 €4.7 billion in 2018, the group operates in 32 countries and employs over 60,000 people. It manages more than 4,000 stores in more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)
The Myrtle Beach International Airport is the gateway to Myrtle Beach, SC and the Grand Strand. The Myrtle Beach International Airport is owned by Horry County and operated by the Department of Airports. MYR is served by Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Porter Airlines, Spirit, United Airlines and WestJet. Learn more at:


About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates locations all over North America, and is part of Autogrill Group, the world's leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. Visit for more information.