Jones the Grocer to open in Midfield Airport Terminal, Abu Dhabi
jones the grocer to open in Midfield Airport Terminal, Abu Dhabi
new and refreshed store design explicitly for airport consumers
May 19, 2016 – jones the grocer is set to open their first airport location next year, in partnership with HMSHost International. This airport location represents a great opportunity for the brand as it will showcase the concept to a potential 45 million customers per year who travel through Abu Dhabi’s International Airport. The store is expected to open end of 2017.
This store opening represents a robust and long term partnership between jones the grocer and multinational catering group: HMSHost International who has F&B operations in 18 European airports and a further 21 airports across the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. According to jones the grocer CEO Yunib Siddiqui, “There are only a handful of operators who work within the transit hub business and HMSHost International are the ideal partner for us because they bring a lot to the table. We believe that this partnership will enable us to reconfigure our existing product offering to suit the airport consumer which we couldn’t do without the knowledge and insight that HMSHost International possesses.”
Walter Seib, CEO of HMSHost International also spoke of the partnership by saying, “The affiliation with jones the grocer enables us to provide a unique and dynamic experience for guests at the new Midfield Airport Terminal. This Australian-born gourmet café and grocer features specialist ingredients, artisan suppliers and an onsite bakery and patisserie all of which will be unique to the typical airport experience.”
The location will feature a reimagined store design over 450 square metres, amongst the 29,300 square metres of sustainably engineered Retail and Food & Beverage space in the Midfield Airport Terminal in Abu Dhabi. The location will feature several brand hallmarks like an open kitchen and cheese room, but will also offer items aimed at those in transit like specialty grocery products, gift hampers and cheeses.
About jones the grocer:
jones the grocer is a food emporium stocking a range of hand selected specialty products, a signature walk-in cheese room, charcuterie and deli, all of which are amongst a contemporary café setting. Established in 1996 with the launch of the flagship Australian store in Woollahra, Sydney – jones the grocer has now has 22 stores across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE.
HMSHost is a world leader in creating shopping and dining for travel venues and is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage and retail services for people on the move. HMSHost operates international brands and proprietary concepts in more than 100 airports around the globe, including the 20 busiest in North America. Through its HMSHost International division, the company has F&B operations in 18 European and another 21 airports across the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.