SSP expands retail operations in airports across Norway
Following a competitive tender process, SSP Norway has announced it has secured four contracts to roll out 19 retail units in airports across the country, including Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Oslo. The units will open from January 2023.
Seventeen of the units will be ‘Point’ outlets – a concept specifically developed by SSP to respond to the traveling consumer’s needs. Since its creation, Point has become a brand familiar to travelers across Norway. The convenience store concept provides easy access to travel essentials, magazines and newspapers as well as an array of hot and cold food and drinks. The refreshed offer will stock local items reflecting Norway’s diverse geography and culture, providing a true sense of place.
In addition, new brand, Ymse will make its debut at Bergen Airport and Stavanger Airport. Developed specifically to cater to the needs of the substantial number of offshore industry workers who travel through these airports regularly, the units will provide a wide variety of retail and convenience products, as well as favourite food items including hamburgers.
Supporting SSP’s sustainability targets, the majority of food will be produced on site, minimizing the use of pre-packaged products. In addition, there will be a focus on using locally sourced meat, fish and other food products to reduce food miles as well as free-range eggs. In line with SSP’s drive to implement the best in technological solutions, self-service options will be provided to appeal to new generations of travellers, and one of the outlets will be entirely digitalized and self-service. The architectural design of the units will also use existing infrastructure wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact of development processes.
Åste Haukvik, Business Development Director of SSP Norway said, "These airports expect to welcome around 30 million travellers each year and it’s a source of enormous pride that Avinor AS has entrusted us to bring our brands to even more of their customers. Our operations at Avinor airports date back more than 50 years, and over that time we have delivered high quality and commercially soundsolutions."
Iskra Skram, Commercial Director of Avinor said, "SSP has put considerable effort into developing their convenience offer and we congratulate them on winning this tender. We believe that the Point concept will contribute to improved customer experience across Avinor airports."