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ARI’s New Stores to Boost Sales at Winnipeg Airport

Aer Rianta International North America (ARI) expects sales to grow strongly at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, following its Can$1 million retail investment at the new airport terminal, which opened on October 30th.

“We are very happy with our two new Winnipeg stores, Transborder and International, and with the design and layout of the new airport overall,” said John Bolger, ARI Regional Manager, North America & Caribbean. “We’re also delighted that our concession has been extended there by another ten years to 2021.”

ARI, owned by Ireland’s state-owned airports authority, DAA, is enjoying strong sales this year in its stores at Montreal, Ottawa, Halifax and, of course, Winnipeg Airports.

“We’ve had a very good year, boosted in particular by strong charter traffic. We’re on target for record sales of more than Can$50 million across Canada in 2011,” Mr Bolger added.

“While our overall footprint at Winnipeg is still relatively small at around 130 square meters, we are delighted to have more space than in the old airport. The enhanced location we have been given for our Transborder shop and the significant additional space we have there will also be very important in terms of year-round sales to US departing passengers.”

ARI’s principal sales categories in Canada are perfumes, liquor and tobacco with strong revenues also generated by sunglasses and confectionery.

The new Can$ 585 million Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport comprises 51,000 square meters of terminal space. The airport expects the new facility to strongly boost current passenger numbers of 3.5 million per annum.

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