Gebr. Heinemann and Cologne Bonn Airport are marking the anniversary of the world’s first Heinemann duty-free shop, opened at the German airport in 1969.
Heinemann remains the retail concessionaire at Cologne Bonn, with five shops, more than 100 employees and a sales area of around 1,800m2 (19,375ft2).
“We are very proud of our long-standing and successful partnership with Cologne Bonn Airport. The airport is the cradle of our business in the airport retail sector, because it was here that we dared to make the leap from being a pure wholesaler to operating shops ourselves, which was a new level of trade for us back in 1969,” says Claus Heinemann, co-owner, with his cousin Gunnar Heinemann, of Gebr. Heinemann.
Johan Vanneste, CEO of Flughafen Köln/Bonn, added, “Heinemann is an integral part of our airport family. We share a very long and successful history. There have been shops here at Cologne Bonn Airport ever since Terminal 1 was built.”
Under the motto ‘As attractive as on the first day’, Heinemann will surprise its customers throughout September and October with anniversary campaigns and special offers, featuring brands such as Toffifee, Gaffel Kölsch and 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser. Heinemann customers can also look forward to gifts including a limited-edition Ritter Sport when making purchases of €50 (US$55) or more. Travelers participating in the Heinemann & Me loyalty program can celebrate the anniversary with a free Schlumberger piccolo sparkling wine.