Industry News | May 22, 2012

Quiznos, Smashburger, KFC Land at San Jose Airport

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After an extensive bid competition, AERIS, the administrator of the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose Costa Rica, officially announced that food and beverage services at the San Jose Airport, were awarded to Quiznos Sub S.A., a QSR International franchisee and affiliate.

With an initial investment of $4 million, Quiznos Subs S.A. will build five distinct food and beverage areas comprising more than 6,500-square-feet. The brands that Quiznos Subs S.A. will represent and offer to the traveling public in these five areas include the following:

  • Quiznos Sub
  • KFC
  • Smashburger
  • Teriyaki Experience
  • Q-Corner, Quiznos Sub’s Latin American hot and cold coffee and smoothie concept
  • Chef’s Kitchen, a leading Costa Rica-based bakery and dessert maker

 

In addition, Quiznos Subs S.A. will open a full-service bar near the center of the air side of the airport. Branding negotiations for the bar are still underway and have not been finalized yet. The bar will offer a wide assortment of international wines, cocktails, liquors, beers (imported and domestic), and an assortment of snack items.

"The spaces will be very modern and will utilize highly durable materials, seeking symmetry with the current, modern design of the terminal, which is one of the best in Latin America," says Tatiana Rodriguez, development manager for QSR International.

Rodriguez adds that QSR International has assisted Quiznos Subs S.A. with the needed designs by hiring the famous global architecture firm, Gensler. Once completed, this operation will employ more than 100 people, many of them bilingual. This project will also generate dozens of construction jobs and additional employment for various local suppliers.

Quiznos Subs S.A will start temporary foodservice operations in early June while the construction of the permanent facilities takes place. The term of the initial contract is for eight years and may be renewed for an additional six years.