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February 23rd, 2012 - Kelley Chambers

Coffee? Ticket, please.

In southern California, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf shops seem to be as ubiquitous as Starbucks. Head west, and you will find locations in several markets, but, to date, the chain has not had a presence in Oklahoma.


It is headed here this summer, but you’ll need a ticket to get in, or, more specifically, an airline ticket. The store will be behind the security checkpoint at Will Rogers World Airport.

“A specialty coffee shop has been a missing element of our food concession program at the airport for some time,” said Mark Kranenburg, director of airports. “The addition of such an outstanding brand to the airport is an amenity I know our travelers will appreciate.”

The coffee shop is the result of a partnership between the coffee chain and Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, the airport’s master food concessionaire.

“We are thrilled to bring a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf location to Oklahoma,” said Steve Tomes, district manager for Delaware North. “The brand’s signature drinks and products will make a wonderful addition to the concessions program at Will Rogers World Airport.”

Construction is set to begin the second week of March and completed mid-summer. The chain has 835 stores in 10 states, 23 countries and 31 airports.

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