Monday, 13 January 2014

News: Designer Duty Free Lands at Toronto Pearson

New boutiques from Gucci, Ferragamo, and Burberry now open at Canada's busiest airport.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) and retail partner Nuance Group (one of the world's largest travel retail operators) recently opened an expanded collection of duty free luxury shops at Toronto Pearson.

As part of the development Nuance introduced their global branding and Duty Free Store concept, their first in North America. The concept includes branded mini boutiques creating the feel of a high-end shopping centre. Nuance has developed the boutique format in many key travel retail markets including a substantial presence at London Heathrow.

“We are excited about the opportunity to further develop the duty free program at Toronto Pearson”, said Richard Rendek, CEO Nuance North America in an official announcement. “Working closely with the airport, we have designed a shopping experience that will meet local needs. I am confident that our joint efforts will enable us to make a difference in creating a truly outstanding retail environment with a local touch. We look forward to delivering a world-class duty free offering to passengers travelling through Toronto Pearson.”

The luxury brand boutiques are now open at Toronto Pearson's Terminal 1 (International/Non-U.S. Departures). Boutique selections include leather goods, accessories, fine jewellery, and watches. Brands include Burberry, Coach, Ferragamo, Gucci, Montblanc, Omega, and Tumi.

Nuance continues to manage the regular duty free retail offerings at Toronto Pearson, including beauty, alcohol and tobacco products. Last year the GTAA extended the duty free retailer's contract at the airport for a further five years. Toronto Pearson is Canada's busiest airport and handled 35 million passengers in 2012.

[Images via Toronto Pearson]