NEW ZEALAND. Lagardère Travel Retail has renewed its five-store travel essentials concession at Auckland International Airport, following a tender. The new contract begins in April 2018 and will run for six years. The company said it will introduce the “latest evolution” of the Relay brand to New Zealand

Matthieu Mercier: The new-look Relay stores will build on the retailer’s strong presence at Auckland Airport

“This win signals a strong and successful partnership with Auckland Airport,” said Lagardère Travel Retail CEO of Pacific Matthieu Mercier. “We are more than ready to introduce to the Pacific region the latest evolution [of] Relay, and look forward to these new developments complementing the existing 16 stores we currently operate within Auckland Airport.”

The five Relay concessions will cover around 900sq m of retail space, with four sites in the International Terminal and one in the Domestic Terminal. These will complement the existing Hub convenience offer managed by Lagardère Travel Retail.

Auckland Airport General Manager Retail and Commercial Richard Barker said: “We are pleased to announce that after a very competitive tender, Lagardère Travel Retail has successfully retained the travel essentials business at Auckland Airport. With a proven track record operating the Relay brand and with innovative plans for the future we are thrilled to have Lagardère Travel Retail as our business partner.”

The retailer said: “With a freshly updated brand logo and attractive store features, Relay will bring to Auckland Airport a localised Sense of Place, while continuing to offer passengers a wider range of offers, simple store navigation, bolstered by optimised and exclusive products and promotions.”

Lagardère Travel Retail also renewed contracts for Relay in New Zealand at Christchurch Airport and Wellington airports earlier in the year.

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