In more news from Dufry, the travel retailer announced that Melbourne Airport has extended the existing duty free contract held by Dufry-owned Nuance to 2022. The contract represents “a significant milestone,” says Dufry, and the new store will incorporate key elements of the ‘next generation stores’ being developed by Dufry.
The current airside duty free retail operations located in Terminal 2 will undergo a total metamorphosis over a 12 month period, increasing the retail footprint by 30% and introducing a new layout. It is expected to be completed by first quarter 2017. With 2,743 sqm. of retail space in the new Departures store and 1,074 sqm. of retail space in the new Arrivals store, the shops will serve nearly nine million annual Victorian and international visitors.
The partnership is a first for Dufry in Australia, and the company says it intends to grow its presence within the Australian market through the newly extended partnership with Melbourne Airport.
Julian Diaz, CEO Dufry comments: “As its transformation journey continues, Melbourne Airport offers one of the most exciting expansion opportunities for Dufry’s duty free retail business in Asia – evolving well beyond our prior presence through our Nuance subsidiary. We thank Melbourne Airport for the renewal of this longstanding partnership and the trust put in our company and our local teams.