Global food and drink travel operator SSP Group has received a contract from passenger railway operator Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) to operate 29 Starbucks stores through a licensed partnership.

Under the contract, NS will stop directly operating some food and beverage, and retail units at its railway stations and SSP will take over the operations of the Starbucks stores from early January 2019.

SSP Group CEO Kate Swann said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by NS, as this award recognises our successful track record of running Starbucks stores in travel locations in the UK and Continental Europe.

“SSP’s experience combined with our in-depth knowledge of the Dutch railway network gives us confidence in a bright future for our Starbucks colleagues and customers.”

“We look forward to further growing our operations in the Netherlands and welcoming NS colleagues into our team.”

NP will also transfer all its current employees to SSP as part of the contract.

NS commercial director Sytze van der Aa said: “We have every confidence in SSP’s ability to successfully operate our Starbucks stores given their expertise as a global operator of brands in high footfall travel locations.

“SSP’s experience combined with our in-depth knowledge of the Dutch railway network gives us confidence in a bright future for our Starbucks colleagues and customers.”

Last month, SSP Group subsidiary SSP America secured an eight-year contract from LaGuardia Gateway Partners to develop and operate three food and beverage concession spaces at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) Terminal B.