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Ford airport books more restaurants, coffee and retail

December 22, 2016
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Prospect Hill Brewhouse will feature local beers and handcrafted deli sandwiches. Courtesy Ford airport

Travelers visiting Gerald R. Ford International Airport will have several more restaurants and retail options to choose from by the end of next year.

The airport announced this afternoon that Prospect Hill Brewhouse will move in this summer, followed “soon after” by two new Starbucks locations — one pre-security and one post-security — as well as a restaurant called The Local @ GRR in concourse A and a casual dining restaurant in concourse B. The locations will be managed by HMSHost.

A Burger Federation restaurant and a Firehouse Subs are also “in the works” at the airport.

Prospect Hill Brewhouse will be located post-security in the newly expanded area of the airport.

The restaurant will feature a selection of beverages, including beer by Founders and other local breweries, and a menu of handcrafted deli sandwiches, such as a Buffalo-style roasted chicken on a French roll, a cheesesteak and a pulled-pork sandwich, as well as a toasted ciabatta with Dirty Bastard BBQ sauce.

“We are excited to have a local flair in our restaurant scene, and what better way to own up to our title of Beer City, U.S.A. than adding the Prospect Hill Brewhouse right here in the airport,” said Phil Johnson, acting president and CEO, Ford airport.

There's also a Bell's Brewery bar and the MI Tap Room at the airport.

New retail options will include a Touch of Grand Rapids store, featuring West Michigan-themed products and in partnership with the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and a Hudson News store located pre-security in the grand hall.

The stores will offer travel essentials, ranging from reading materials, snacks and beverages to travel necessities, souvenirs and electronics.

Hudson Group is the largest travel retailer in North America, with more than 950 stores in 83 airports.

Its VP of operations, Mario Scorcia, said Hudson Group is “excited” to bring its global expertise to Grand Rapids. He said the Hudson News store will be designed to “give the West Michigan community a sense of place.”

The airport also has a pair of Grand Rapids Magazine Travel Stores.

The various additions are part of the Gateway Transformation Project, underway now at the airport.

Bryan Loden, HMSHost VP of business development, said HMSHost is “thrilled” to continue partnering with Ford airport.

“The restaurants we will be opening will deliver an authentic taste of Michigan and will offer the variety and quality that travelers demand,” he said.

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