Gatwick improves retail line-up at South Terminal

Retail brands Zara, Ted Baker and Snow+Rock are set to open stores in December in the South Terminal’s newly developed retail area, London Gatwick has said.

Since mid-July, 11 new or refreshed premium stores have opened in the new retail area – the final phase of a major GBP21m transformation of airside shopping in South Terminal. The new stores included airport firsts for Ernest Jones and Aspinal of London, as well as a brand new 6,000 sq ft Harrods fashion and accessories department store.

The transformation of South Terminal is in line with detailed passenger research, with key feedback of the research apparently revealing that passengers wanted a good mix of luxury and high street or well-known international brands, as well as more choice in the premium leisure sector.

A new marketing campaign in connection with the new openings was launched on July 1, giving passengers the chance to download or print an exclusive voucher passport, at http://www.gatwickairport.com/voucherpassport/, and enabling them to save up to £400 at the airport.

As per the latest announcement, in December top fashion brand Zara will open a 4,500 sq ft outlet, its largest UK airport store so far. Ted Baker will open a 1,000 sq ft store and a customised Gatwick accessories outlet – the only one of its kind in the world. Snow+Rock’s first airport store – a 1,000sq ft store – will offer unique premium leisure products including footwear, accessories and clothing.

Spencer Sheen, Head of Retail at London Gatwick, said: ‘Gatwick wants to be London’s airport of choice in every area. For retail, we aim to deliver a mix of stores that are fashionable, relevant and will enhance the experience of travelling through the airport. Opening stores such as Zara, Ted Baker and Snow+Rock is based on the customer research that we conduct and is another exciting step in our extensive redevelopment of the South Terminal.’

Craig Smith, Brand Communication Director, Ted Baker, remarked: ‘Quality airport shopping has now become such an integral part of the overall travel experience. Our move to open at Gatwick South builds on the success of our expanding portfolio of airport stores where we are already seeing great success and this new location will only strengthen that.’

Kevin Young, Group Marketing Director, Snow+Rock, commented: ‘We are very excited to be opening our first airport retail location in this brand new development at Gatwick’s South Terminal…. We will be offering pick-up items and more indulgent purchases at ‘tax-free’ prices with branded areas showcasing ranges from Salomon and Icebreaker plus selected highlights from our winter sports and outdoor ranges.’