SSP has won a 12-year tender to operate five new outlets at Bordeaux Saint-Jean station, valued at €60 million, commencing in May 2013.
The new outlets will be developed by SSP as part of a major modernisation project by operators Gares et Connexions and SNCF, and “will considerably enhance the station environment”.
SSP will aim to highlight the history, heritage and gastronomy of the region at the new brasserie, Le Grand Comptoir, which is already known by rail and airport passengers both in France and abroad.
The new restaurant will feature four distinct areas – a traditional restaurant, a quick service section, a bar, and a lounge. A smartphone-based loyalty programme will use the latest technology to keep customers informed of special offers and other news.
11 MILLION PASSENGERS A YEAR
Two Brioche Dorée bakeries, Italian restaurant Mezzo di Pasta, and Alto Café, eat’Shop (for snacks and travel essentials) will complement Le Grand Comptoir brasserie.
“Our new development here at Bordeaux will offer excellent quality, and the freshest and most innovative products,” said Gérard d’Onofrio – CEO of SSP France, Belgium and Holland. ‘We are very proud to be helping to re-develop this elegant and architecturally important facility.’
[Above: Brioche Dorée outlet at Nantes Atlantique Airport]
According to SSP, Bordeaux Saint-Jean station is the largest in the Aquitaine region. It serves over 11 million passengers a year, and it is currently preparing to welcome the South European Atlantique high-speed rail service (LGV SEA) which will be operational in 2017 and is expected to result in an increase in passenger numbers to 17 million. The new service will reduce the journey time to Paris to under two hours.