Hudson Opens Its First Chick-fil-A at Charleston International Airport
New Restaurant Is Part of Hudson’s Expanded Partnership with South Carolina’s Largest Airport to Transform Travelers’ Dining and Retail Experience
East Rutherford, New Jersey (Jan. 18, 2024) – Hudson, part of Avolta AG (SIX: AVOL) and a travel experience leader with more than 1,000 stores in airports, commuter hubs, landmarks, and tourist destinations across North America, today celebrated the recent opening of its first Chick-fil-A® restaurant at Charleston International Airport (CHS) with a ribbon cutting.
Located in the airport’s Central Hall, the new Chick-fil-A is uniquely designed to serve the brand’s full menu to customers both pre- and post-security. The restaurant offers counter service to ticketed passengers after the security checkpoint, with window service available before security for travelers and visitors to CHS. The restaurant is part of Hudson’s redeveloped concessions portfolio at CHS under a 10-year contract extension that was announced in 2022, which expanded Hudson’s over 20-year partnership with South Carolina’s largest airport through 2041.
“This new Chick-fil-A, with its ability to serve everyone who passes through Charleston International Airport — travelers, visitors, and employees alike — exists because of the incredible collaboration between Hudson, Charleston County Aviation Authority, Chick-fil-A, Inc., Transportation Security Administration, and other valued partners,” said Hudson Senior Vice President of Business Development Mike Blakely. “We are proud to be a part of the evolution of CHS by introducing exciting concepts to the terminal and delivering on our commitment to make travelers happier.”
“We are overjoyed to offer new dining options that continue to elevate the guest experience at CHS,” said Elliott Summey, CEO of Charleston County Aviation Authority. “Chick-fil-A is a leading brand in the quick-service industry, and we know that it is a spot that will resonate with travelers, both locals and those visiting Charleston for the first time. In partnership with our concessionaires, our goal is to continue to assemble a diverse line-up of brands and create opportunity for small-and-minority-owned businesses to participate in our airport concessions program.”
Chick-fil-A at Charleston International Airport will operate under HG-BW Charleston JV, a joint venture between Hudson and its Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) partners Branded Works, Inc., a longtime Hudson partner, and Lillie’s of Charleston, a local partner.
The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday from 4 a.m. – 10 p.m. Guests can enjoy breakfast options like the iconic Chick-n-Minis® entree, Chick-fil-A® Chicken Biscuits, Hash Brown Scramble Bowl, and more until 10:30 a.m., when the restaurant will then change over to its classic Chick-fil-A menu featuring popular items like the Original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich, Chick-fil-A® Nuggets, Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato Fries®, and freshly prepared entree salads and lemonade.
Over the last year, Hudson also has unveiled four new retail stores at CHS, transforming the shopping experience for travelers through Hudson’s tech-driven proprietary concepts and specialty retail: Hudson Nonstop, Evolve by Hudson, Sunglass Hut, and a TUMI shop-in-shop that debuted in Hudson’s existing Tech On The Go store.