Travel Retail Vilnius, a subsidiary of concessionaire Gebr Heinemann, has extended its contract by another six years at Vilnius International Airport in Lithuania. As well as an extended term, the contract includes the complete redevelopment of the 10 existing stores to create six larger stores. The total area will also be increased from 1,060m² (11,400ft²) to 1,500m² (16,100ft²).
Bernard Schlafstein, sales director Russia/ Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) at Gebr Heinemann, said, “We are really happy about the contract extension and the good partnership with Vilnius International Airport, which will continue long-term.
“In the last 10 years, we have invested a lot in the Lithuanian market, including the job market, and we are convinced that we will continue to be able to offer passengers in Vilnius an exciting shopping experience which will also focus on local brands.”
Gediminas Almantas, CEO, Lithuanian Airports, said, “We are very delighted to have Gebr Heinemann taking responsibility for our Vilnius Duty Free shops. The Hanseatic company has been our strategic, sustainable and preferred partner of Lithuanian airports already for the last 10 years.
“Before the end of 2017, Heinemann submitted the best bid for the Vilnius airport duty-free operation, including a sensational design concept. The proposal includes the extension of the commercial area and substantial improvement of both retail facilities and quality at Vilnius airport for the next six years.”
Heinemann Duty Free and Travel Value Vilnius will offer passengers a wide range of products from perfume and tobacco goods, to sweets, liquor and accessories. The first two stores for non-Schengen travelers are scheduled for completion by May 2018.