SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has opened two new James Martin Kitchens in the space of a month.
The brand, which made its debut at London Stansted Airport in 2015, can now be found at a station as well as a leading shopping centre. New James Martin Kitchens have now opened at Manchester Piccadilly railway station and Debenhams intu Lakeside.
With its roots firmly in the farms of Britain, James Martin Kitchen is a premium bakery that offers a combination of fresh farm ingredients and the highest quality baking, highlighting the best of what Britain has to offer in an attractive cafe setting. Every ingredient is sourced as locally and is as fresh as possible.
At breakfast time there is a range of hot and cold breakfast sandwiches, fruit and yogurt pots and enticing pastries. JMK’s coffee is James’ favourite blend, aptly named Kickstart. Moving through the day, freshly made pies, wraps, sandwiches, baguettes and salads make a perfect lunch. There’s also a range of home-made cakes and biscuits made to James’ famous recipes.
Commenting on the new openings, Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK said; “James Martin Kitchen is a brand that passengers love and our clients want. It’s already been a big hit at Stansted, and we are confident that it will be equally as well received at Manchester and Lakeside. It’s a brand that has been developed to have the flexibility to perform well in a range of channels – whether that’s an airport, a railway station or a shopping centre.”
Sam Shutt, head of external business – food at Debenhams said; “The opening of the James Martin Kitchen represents a significant step forward in our desire to provide an exciting, quality, affordable premium food offer, for both our valued and loyal customers of today, whilst reaching out to a new customer audience for the future. Debenhams is pleased to be offering the first James Martin Kitchen outside of the travel retail sector.”
Daniel Charles, Head of Retail at Network Rail Property commented; “We are delighted to welcome the very first James Martin Kitchen at a railway station, which supports our continuing aspiration to enhance the customer experience and grow the retail offer at our stations as they become destinations in their own right. This concept will further improve the quality and range of food on offer to the 40 million passengers who travel through Manchester Piccadilly station every year.”