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ARINA Wins Québec Duty Free Tender

Aer Rianta International North America Inc. (ARINA) is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the duty free retail concession at Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.

The contract, which covers all core categories as well as souvenirs, watches, gifts, food and toys, will run for 7 years and 5 months beginning in December 2017. ARINA will serve both International and Transborder passengers from its 400 sqm store, branded “The Loop Hors Taxes.”

The contemporary store design features predominantly black and white colours with touches of dark and light woods to define categories. The curved, free flowing layout is designed to maximise customer dwell time and showcases ARI’s Whisky Collection and Fragrance Studio concepts, alongside bespoke areas for the remaining core categories. A Sense of Place is evoked in the native Quebecois products section where the stark beauty of a Canadian winter is reflected by a white corrugated back illuminated surround frame, highlighting brand personalised wall units for local Ice Wines and Ciders.

Commenting on the win ARI CEO Jack MacGowan said “ARI has had a long and very successful association with Canada and in particular Québec since 1998. It’s a region we know really well and we have built up an exceptional understanding of the passenger demographic over the past 20 years of operations there.

Capturing this key contract on the back of our success in winning Canadian Duty Free Retailer of the Year in 2016, reinforces our commitment to the Canadian duty free market. I look forward to working with our new partners in Québec International Airport to deliver a tailor made consumer led proposition that will not only enhance the overall passenger experience, but also drive sustained commercial success.”

President and CEO of Aéroport de Québec Inc. Gaëtan Gagné said “A new retail environment is an important component in the YQB 2018 project. Our passengers are excited about discovering their new airport building and we can feel a growing sense of enthusiasm in the community. The concessions announced today match the requirements of a world-class airport and offer passengers a retail experience that reflects the most recent airport trends, providing a wide range of products and services with a local, but also national and international, outlook.”

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