YYC Embarks On Two-Year Concessions Upgrade

Calgary International Airport (YYC) announced a two-year refresh of its concessions program that will include more than 50 new and renovated food & beverage and retail options.

“Guest survey results have emphasized the need for new and refreshed eating and shopping options, and we are excited to deliver on the requests of YYC travelers,” says Michael Hayward, vice president, marketing and guest experience for The Calgary Airport Authority.

Among the new concepts is The Burger Federation, a full-service casual restaurant from HMSHost, that recently opened in the domestic terminal. HMSHost will also open the NHL Calgary Flames hockey-themed Flames Grill later this year, while local brand Last Best Brew and Distilling is slated for an early 2020 opening.

“Providing Calgary travelers with a memorable dining experience each time they visit the airport is our first priority,” says Kent Vanden Oever, vice president of business development for HMSHost. “The Flames Grill, Last Best Brewing & Distilling, and The Burger Federation represent just the right mix of favorite regional flavors, local culture, and on-trend brands to inspire excitement about eating in the airport.”

Paradies Lagardère will introduce three concepts to YYC. Three Sisters Market and Wine Bar will have two locations, both slated to open in late 2020. Three Sisters is a gourmet market concept from the Paradies Lagardère-owned Vino Volo brand. No Boundaries, targeting outdoor enthusiasts, will also have two locations, both slated to open in late 2019.  Rundle Market, also from Paradies Lagardère, is a travel essentials concept slated to open in late 2019.

“We’re confident that the retail program Paradies Lagardère has put together will offer travelers an enhanced customer experience unlike any other,” says Gregg Paradies, president and CEO.

Locally owned Made Foods will also open later this year, bringing both made-to-order and ready-to-eat options to travelers. Two more Tim Hortons locations will also open in 2019, bringing the total number of the Canadian favorite to four. The other two Tim Hortons locations will be renovated, as will several other existing concepts.