British foodservice company SSP Group has expanded its presence in Finland by opening four new food and beverage outlets at Helsinki central rail station.  

The move builds on its established presence in the Finnish airport market.  

The first two establishments, a Starbucks and an Upper Crust sandwich outlet, have commenced operations. 

Another two outlets will open in the second half of 2025. 

The openings come as part of Helsinki rail station’s major infrastructure redevelopment effort.  

The initial phase of this expansion will create 20 jobs, with a further 20 during the subsequent phase.  

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The art nouveau central station in Helsinki, a key city landmark since 1909, remains Finland’s busiest travel hub, with more than 200,000 daily passengers.  

SSP Finland managing director Elena Heiska said: “With an impressive track record in the European rail market, this new win will enable us to build on our successful operations in Finland, strengthening our position in a major capital city.  

“It will also provide a firm foundation for our plans for further expansion in Finland and beyond. Our operational skills and compelling brand portfolio enabled us to tailor an offer perfectly suited to passengers at Helsinki rail station which was instrumental in our success in winning this tender.  

“Starbucks is a much-loved name in Finland while Upper Crust has proven very popular with passengers at Helsinki Airport. We’re confident that it will be equally well-received by travellers at the station.” 

SSP Group is an operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations and has a wide portfolio of brands, serving customers in 36 countries. 

The group recently launched new Burger King and Starbucks outlets at Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport’s Terminal 1.