SSP Canada and The Paradies Shops to Lease, Develop and Operate Concessions At Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport

    WINNIPEG, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc. (WAA) is
pleased to introduce SSP Canada and The Paradies Shops as master operators of
concessions for the new air terminal under construction at Winnipeg James
Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
    WAA's Request for Proposal (RFP) included stores and restaurants with 70%
of concessions post-security and 30% located pre-security, reflecting current
travel trends. Retail and food and beverage service covers approximately
1,747 square meters (18,868 square feet).
    SSP Canada will operate and manage 11 food and beverage services with 9
located post-security and 2 pre-security. The Paradies Shops will operate and
manage 9 retail services, all post security.
    "We are confident that both SSP and Paradies meet the high-level service
expectations of our customers," said Barry Rempel, President & CEO of Winnipeg
Airports Authority Inc. "Their respective experience in delivering airport
concessions is impressive and we look forward to working with them to deliver
both local and international brands that provide a superior customer
experience. We are pleased to note the commitment of the new operators to hold
an open house to showcase employment opportunities to associates currently
working at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport."
    "Our partnership with Winnipeg Airports Authority demonstrates our
growing presence in the Canadian market and SSP's commitment to providing
highly differentiated culinary offers with local and world-class brands. These
brands will meet the increasingly sophisticated tastes of traveling consumers
across North America," said Les Cappetta, Chief Executive Officer, SSP Canada.
"Our unrivaled food & beverage program will be complemented by innovative
design and talented people, offering travelers and the local community an
inviting atmosphere and unique dining experience."
    "We would like to thank the Winnipeg Airports Authority for their
confidence in selecting The Paradies Shops to operate its new retail program,"
said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO. "We're excited to bring a first class
shopping experience to the traveling public of Winnipeg James Armstrong
International Airport by offering beautifully designed stores to complement
the new airport design, celebrating both local and national brands.
Additionally, The Paradies Shops looks forward to exceeding the expectations
of the Winnipeg travelers through superior customer service and by providing
the best merchandise assortment for the best value."

    SSP Canada is a division of SSP, the leading dedicated operator of food
and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide. SSP has over 60 years
experience in the industry and 26,000 employees across 31 countries serving
millions of customers every week.
    SSP's approach to brands is rooted in food and travel expertise. Their
Global Traveler Research Program is the most comprehensive multi layered piece
of research ever undertaken in the travel marketplace and designed to
understand the needs, habits and behaviors of the traveling consumer. SSP's
brand and concept strategy is driven by their unique ability to combine
consumer insights with their own specialist operations experience in travel.
SSP's location development model identifies best fit brands and helps them
expertly craft tailored brand portfolios for each airport.

    Named "Best Airport Retailer" for the past 13 consecutive years by
Airport Revenue News, and "Retailer with the Highest Regard for Customer
Service" for 12 years, The Paradies Shops was established in 1960. A
family-owned business, The Paradies Shops operates more than 450 stores in
over 70 airports across the United States and Canada. With extensive
experience in operating both local and national brands, to include CNBC News,
PGA TOUR Shops, Brooks Brothers, Brighton Collectibles, Harley-Davidson, and
The New York Times Bookstores, The Paradies Shops maintains a substantial
presence as one of the largest airport retailers. Additionally, The Paradies
Shops operates several hotel properties and the retail program for the Georgia
Aquarium, the world's largest aquarium, located in Atlanta.

    Winnipeg Airports Authority is a non-share capital corporation
responsible for the management and operation of Winnipeg James Armstrong
Richardson International Airport and affiliate businesses. All surplus revenue
over expenses is reinvested by WAA back into the community, primarily through
airport development projects. WAA is self sufficient with taxpayers not
directly involved in financing airport site redevelopment which is being paid
through Airport Improvement Fees (AIF).
    Winnipeg Airports Authority serves our region by providing value to our
customers and community. A source of pride for our community, we strive to be
a leader in its growth and development.

For further information:

For further information: Christine Alongi, Director, Communications &
Public Affairs, Winnipeg Airports Authority Inc, 24 Hour Media Line: (204)
992-2791,; Bobbi Passavanti, Managing Director - Marketing &
Communications, The Paradies Shops, (404) 494-3428 office, (404) 307-3860
mobile,; Darleen Nascimento, Communications & PR
Manager, SSP America, The Food Travel Experts, Direct (703) 723-5418, Mobile
(703) 462-4699,

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