SSP debuts in West Indies with win in Martinique

SSP Group has secured its first contract at an airport in the West Indies with Société Aéroport Martinique Aimé Césaire (SAMAC).

As part of a major redevelopment project, the airport’s food and beverage space will be expanded by over one-third, with the number of units increasing from three to eight. SSP will operate all of the new outlets, five of which will be landside and three airside. The new offer will include a tailor-made blend of local casual food outlets including burger & grill restaurant Elizé; Ti’Plage, a beach-themed bar offering a wide selection of cocktails and aperitifs; and Pressé, a fresh juice bar. A concept created in partnership with Martinique-based chef Nathanaël Ducteil will serve cuisine that combines the best of Caribbean terroirs and global creativity. There will also be a selection of international brands, including the first Starbucks in the West Indies, which is due to be open in July 2023.

SSP will begin operations with three existing units at the airport later this month. The renovation project is due to start in October this year and is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

Commenting on the deal, Gérard d’Onofrio, managing director of SSP France, Belgium and Luxembourg said: “As a popular tourist destination with over two million passengers passing through its gates in 2019 and ambitious plans for expansion, Aéroport Martinique Aimé Césaire faces a bright future. We’re delighted to have a presence at this new location, and in particular to be bringing the first Starbucks to the island.”