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June 17, 2019

SSP Group to operate three Jamie Oliver locations at Gatwick Airport

Food and drink travel operator SSP Group has entered into an agreement to operate three Jamie Oliver food and beverage units at Gatwick Airport, UK.

Food and drink travel operator SSP Group has entered into an agreement to operate three Jamie Oliver food and beverage units at Gatwick Airport, UK.

The three acquired locations include Jamie Oliver’s Diner, Jamie’s Italian and Jamie’s Coffee Lounge.

As part of the transaction, 250 employees working at the three locations will be transferred to SSP.

SSP Group CEO Simon Smith said: “We’re delighted to be expanding our partnership with Jamie Oliver, especially as we already operate 12 Jamie Oliver units in Austria, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain, and have further units planned in Brazil and Bahrain.

“Jamie’s cafes and restaurants are much loved by customers all around the world, so we’re very excited to be adding the brand to our UK portfolio and increasing our presence at Gatwick Airport.”

The transaction follows last month’s announcement of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group entering administration, closing 25 of its restaurants across the UK and the loss of 1,000 jobs.

The restaurant chain mentioned that a further 300 employees working at Gatwick airport outlets are at the risk of losing their jobs.

Earlier this month, SSP Group added six new foodservice outlets from major international brands including a Jamie’s Deli concept location at Malaga Costa del Sol International Airport in Spain.

In April this year, the foodservice group completed the acquisition of 49% stake in Indian-based travel food and retail firm Travel Food Services (TFS) for a total consideration of £57.9m ($74.96m).

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