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Edinburgh Airport to open M&S Simply Food store

Posted: 24th September 2014

Passengers will soon be able to stock up on the essentials before and after their journey with a brand new M&S Simply Food opening at Edinburgh Airport on 01 October.

The store is the first to open in the airport’s new terminal extension and is part of a completely new shopping experience at Scotland’s busiest airport.

A direct result of passenger feedback, the new store is conveniently located in the domestic arrivals hall and will be one of the first things passengers see as they arrive. Whether they’re about to fly off on a long-haul journey or returning from a business trip, passengers will find everything they need

Continuing the airport’s commitment to offering passengers an amazing experience and choice, the new 1,766 ft2 store will stock an exceptional range of quality and innovative products and is an ideal addition to the airport’s growing retail portfolio. Over 20 new jobs will also be created.

This M&S Simply Food is the third travel location store in Edinburgh after the successful introduction of stores at Waverley and Haymarket railway stations and is part of an agreement between Marks & Spencer and SSP UK.

Richard Townsend, Head of Retail and Property at Edinburgh Airport, said: “We’re constantly speaking to our passengers and we listen to what they want. A premium convenience store where you can pick up everyday essentials before and after your journey is something we’ve been planning to give our customers for a long time.

“It’s great to officially announce that M&S Simply Food will open at Edinburgh Airport from the beginning of October. Our new terminal extension is almost finished and we’re looking forward to offering our passengers an amazing airport experience.”

Bob Johnson of SSP UK said: “We’re continuously looking to increase the choices available to air travellers and workers at the airport, and the M&S Simply Food concept has already become a hit in other airports across the UK.

“We’re all so busy that people are increasingly looking for good food which they can pick up on the move. I’m sure the arrival of the new M&S Simply Food store at Edinburgh Airport will be a welcome addition for both travellers and airport workers.”

With a great selection of flowers, wines, beers, spirits and chocolate also available, the new store will be an ideal place to collect a couple of treats on the way home. The store will operate from 5.00am to 11.00pm daily.

About Edinburgh Airport:

  • Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s busiest airport. More than 40 airlines serve 100-plus destinations and 9.78 million passengers passed through the airport in 2013 – the busiest year ever for a Scottish airport.
  • July 2014 was the airport’s busiest month ever with over 1.1 million passengers travelling through its terminal.
  • It is the 5th largest in the UK, in terms of passenger numbers, and employs over 5000 people, contributing hundreds of millions of pounds to Scotland’s economy.
  • Edinburgh Airport was named best in Britain, and top three in Europe, for passenger satisfaction, at the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards for 2012 and ‘Best European Airport (5-10m passengers)’ at
  • the ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards for 2012. It has also won Scottish Airport of the Year at the Scottish Transport Awards in 2013 and 2014.

About SSP:

  • SSP is a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafés, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations and other leisure locations. With a heritage stretching back over 60 years, today SSP has nearly 30,000 employees, serving approximately a million customers every day. It has business at circa 130 airports and circa 270 rail stations, and operates approximately 2,000 units in 29 countries around the world.
  • SSP operates an extensive portfolio of approximately 300 international, national, local and speciality brands. These include Upper Crust, Starbucks, Caffè Ritazza, Burger King, M&S Simply Food, Millie’s Cookies, O’Learys, Caviar House & Prunier, and leading Asian brands Ajisen Ramen and Saboten, as well as stunning bespoke concepts such as the Montreux Jazz Café in Geneva and the award winning Center Bar at Zurich.
  • Its brand portfolio is tailored for each specific location, depending on variables such as passenger profile, consumer need states, location type, size and design.

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