CHINA. HDS Retail Asia Pacific has announced the opening of nine stores in Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in the People’s Republic of China.

The sites include eight Relay stores, with the ninth site opening under the Virgin banner, and include both landside and airside locations.

The commencement of operations in Shanghai marks the first foray of HDS Retail Asia Pacific into mainland China. This venture adds to the existing network of over 100 stores across the region, including locations in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Australia.

HDS Retail General Manager (China) Severine Lanthier said: “HDS Retail Asia Pacific is delighted to be joining Hongqiao’s vibrant airport community, and is grateful both to the Shanghai International Airport Group for this opportunity and to our staff for their tremendous efforts leading up to the opening.”

Relay has more than 1,100 outlets in 17 countries covering Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

Virgin, one of the world’s most recognisable brands, is known for innovation in retailing cultural entertainment products.

Hongqiao International Airport caters to over 20 million passengers each year.

Nine stores, including eight Relay stores and one Virgin store, have opened at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport


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