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The airport will be Heinemann's second Australian location

Heinemann to open new stores at Gold Coast airport

The German-owned travel-retail giant Gebr Heinemann has secured a new contract to run two duty-free shops at Gold Coast airport in Australia.

The retailer, which already runs a successful outlet in Australia at Sydney airport, will open stores in both the airport’s departures and arrival areas, with a contract lease term of seven years.

Under the brand Heinemann Duty Free, the stores will offer all categories of the Heinemann product range across approximately 430sqm in departures and 300sqm in arrivals.

Both retail areas will be designed as walkthrough shops. Over the course of the terminal expansion at the airport, they will also be significantly expanded and will receive a completely new design concept by 2020, the company said.

An “ideal location” for Heinemann

Heinemann Australia Managing Director Richard Goodman commented: “We are delighted to have a presence at this important airport, which is the gateway to Australia’s leading tourist destination. Sydney was a first – and very substantial step for Gebr Heinemann to enter the Australian market.

“Our focus continues to grow profitability in this region and we see the Gold Coast Airport as an ideal location and perfect partnership for us.”

Gold Coast Airport chief operating officer Marion Charlton added: “As one of the fastest growing airports in Australia, we are constantly looking to enhance the travel experience and retail offering for our visitors.

“Gold Coast airport will be unrecognisable in a few years, with a terminal redevelopment, on-site hotel and consolidated ground transport facility among some of the upgrades to cater for long-term passenger growth.

Gold Coast is one of the fastest-growing airports in Australia, with more than 6.5 million passengers using it each year, and that number is predicted to grow to 16 million by 2037. Its direct international connections include Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore.