Thursday, March 16, 2017

At long last, retail debuts at Kolkata airport

Kolkata: W H Smith, UK's most popular bookseller and stationer, stamped its footprint in Kolkata on Wednesday with the inauguration of its retail store at the airport departure lounge. Over the next couple of weeks, several more stores are expected to open across various categories, offering a wide range of retail options to flyers travelling through the city.

"This is the beginning of Kolkata airport's quest to become a more vibrant place for travellers. The stores at the airport will offer a wide collection in apparel, jewellery, leather shoes, bags and accessories, cosmetics, sunglasses and travel luggage and accessories," said airport director Atul Dikshit.
Till now, retail opportunities have been very sparse at the airport, unlike Delhi or Mumbai where passengers can spend hours windowshopping at the terminal.
WHSmith stores are present at 150 airports across 25 countries. In India, it is already functional at Delhi, Hyderabad and Cochin airports. It retails newspapers, magazines, books and impulse products for people on the move.
In Kolkata, the stores will be spread over 14,000 sq ft at both arrival and departure sections in the domestic and international wing of the integrated terminal. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) that manages Kolkata airport had originally advertised for 1,050 sq metre, or 11,300 sq ft, but the franchisee sought 25% additional space to take the retail area to 1,310 sq metre, or 14,100 sq ft.
16/03/17 Times of India