London Gatwick’s South Terminal will see a host of new and refreshed stores opening from this July.
Retailers taking their place in the £21m revamped departure lounge include Kurt Geiger, Hugo Boss and Lacoste who will open from the 18th of this month.
Spencer Sheen, Head of Retail, London Gatwick said: “This is a huge step forward in improving the experience for our passengers and transforming Gatwick into London’s airport of choice, as well as setting the benchmark for airport retail in the UK.
“Around 93 per cent of our passengers visit a retail outlet before boarding and 86 per cent will make a purchase,” he added.
Aspinal of London and Ernest Jones will also open their doors for the first time at a UK airport.
In a statement of intent to international customers, Harrods will follow suit and unveil a new 6,000 square foot department store focusing on fashion and accessories on 1 August.
An additional 12 new or refreshed retail outlets will complete the transformation, which was developed by taking on board passenger feedback, of the South Terminal departure lounge later this year.
Iain Burton, Chairman of Aspinal of London, said: that he was ‘delighted’ to be opening an airport store in Gatwick.
In addition, retailers will employ an increased m-commerce presence in its stores – including digital screens in Ernest Jones, and tablets in Dixons encouraging passengers to browse their complete range of products.
Samsung will also supply ‘info tablets’ for customers across Gatwick from July and will be located in key points throughout the airport.