September 22, 2015 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA – Concessions International (CI) announced today that it will open a Chick-fil-A at the Denver International Airport in mid-2016. The new location is a joint venture between CI and Delarosa Restaurant Concepts, an ACDBE partner – airport concessions disadvantaged business enterprise. Delarosa Restaurant Concepts is owned by Michael De La Rosa, a local Colorado entrepreneur and restaurant operator. This will also be the first time that CI has partnered with Delarosa Restaurant Concepts.
The Chick-fil-A will be located in the center food court in Concourse B, a major United Airlines hub at the airport. The restaurant will feature a limited Chick-fil-A menu, including its Original Chicken Sandwich, Waffle Potato Fries, Chicken Nuggets and Grilled Chicken Sandwich. Chick-fil-A also offers breakfast items such as its signature Chicken Biscuit, THRIVE Farmer’s Coffee, and more. Other menu highlights include chicken salads, wraps, and chicken nuggets and fingers. Chick-fil-A also offers breakfast items such as chicken and egg biscuits, breakfast burritos, breakfast platters, and oatmeal and yogurt.
“The Chick-fil-A menu is beloved by consumers across the country and will be a great addition to the Denver airport,” says Donata Russell Ross, CI’s Chief Executive Officer. “We have wanted to add Chick-fil-A to our portfolio for years, and the Denver International Airport is a great place to start.” There are currently 30 Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Denver area.
The CI and Chick-fil-A partnership is a longtime coming. The founders of both companies, Herman Russell of Concessions International and Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A, were friends, business associates, and respected leaders in the Atlanta community. “The opening in Denver continues a business relationship that began decades ago and fosters a spirit of friendship and partnership across two great Atlanta companies,” said Ross.
Concessions International operates nine other restaurant locations at Denver International Airport (DIA), including Panda Express, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, New Belgium Hub Bar & Grill, Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli, and Wetzel’s Pretzels. The company has operated at DIA since 1995 and is a long term tenant.
Chick-fil-A has more than 1,900 restaurants in the U.S., including in 14 airports.
Atlanta-based Concessions International, LLC, founded in 1978, is a dynamic food and beverage concessionaire with operations in eight airports. The company's portfolio includes franchised, licensed and proprietary concepts, including casual dining, quick service, snack, deli and bar and grill. The company is a franchisee of major national brands including Fresh To Order, Seattle's Best Coffee, and Einstein Bros. Bagels. CI operates Pemberton Café at the World of Coca Cola, and Paschal's Restaurant in the historic Castleberry district of downtown Atlanta. Visit www.cintl.com for more information.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1964 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 1,900 restaurants in 42 states and Washington, D.C.
Chick-fil-A system sales reached nearly $6 billion in 2014, which marks 47 consecutive years of sales growth. Chick-fil-A ranked first for customer satisfaction in the Limited Service Restaurants industry according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index and received the highest ACSI score ever in the industry. The company was also recognized in 2015 as America’s “Top Chicken Restaurant Brand” by The Harris Poll and the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available on the chain’s website located at www.chick-fil-a.com.
SOURCE Concessions International, LLC