Lagardère Travel Retail France has opened five new stores and five food outlets at Toulouse-Blagnac, concluding a major transformation program at the airport that began in 2017.
The retail concepts cover a wide range of needs, from sportswear and fashion to accessories and gifts, and aim to create a sense of place for travelers. The 250m² (2,690ft²) Relay-Stade Toulousain-FNAC ‘combi-store’ is situated airside in Hall D and will offer essential travel items, cultural products and high-tech accessories, and official polo shorts and merchandise from the Toulouse rugby team.
The company has also opened a 70m² (753ft²) airside Relay store offering travel essentials such as books, snacks and accessories; a 200m² (2,152ft²) Relay-Trib’s outlet combining travel essentials with simple, fresh food; a 180m² (1,937ft²) The Fashion Place which provides airside shoppers with brands such as Kipling, Calvin Klein and Lacoste; and a 100m² (1,076ft²) La Tête Dans Les Étoiles-Looping that combines a space and flight concept providing games, toys, gadgets, souvenirs and themed merchandise, with the Looping children’s retail concept.
The five foodservice concepts offer a range of dining opportunities, from counter to self-service, on the go and table service.
The 150m² (1,614ft²) Le J’Go store will offer local produce and will be accompanies by a 400m² (4,305ft²) J’Go restaurant that opens in September and will offer wine and fine foods in a bistro setting.
There are also two Eric Kayser outlets offering premium French bakery, specialty breads and freshly prepared items, to be eaten on the premises or on the go; and a gourmet pop-up store that will be renewed each season with offerings from Yummy & Guiltfree in winter, ZUMO smoothies in spring, Ô Sorbet d’Amour sorbets and ice cream in summer and Maison Pariès in the fall.
Finally, a 250m² (2,690ft²) Pret A Manger store will open in January 2019 and will serve freshly prepared food and organic coffee, handmade daily on the premises from natural ingredients.
“Toulouse-Blagnac is rooted in a region with a strong local identity and a dynamic international development. Our global commercial offer brings the necessary creativity and effectiveness to support the airport’s commercial expansion. Our concepts are qualitative and innovative, to ensure our passengers have unforgettable experiences,” commented Vincent Romet, chief operating officer, France and Luxembourg, Lagardère Travel Retail.
Matthieu Mercier, deputy general manager of travel essentials and food service, Lagardère Travel Retail, added, “From the start, we were completely aligned with Toulouse-Blagnac’s vision to reinvent the passenger experience and to renovate the space associating tradition and innovation. We selected the most appealing brands that would offer world class experiences and services. The new environment is exceptional and ambitious.”