Shannon Airport, the birthplace of duty free is set to unveil the €1 million makeover of its retail area on December 12, just in time for Christmas.
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), which operates Shannon Airport, invested €1 million into the 900sqm retail space, to “radically improve the retail offer” at the gateway.
Work started on the revamp in September and will be completed in the next couple of weeks.
Shannon Airport said the investment by the DAA – at the recently renamed ‘The Loop’ – “significantly enhances our offering at what is the most historic retail location in global aviation”.
The new retail area will include an upgraded perfume and cosmetics area, an Irish Memories souvenir outlet, a new concession giftware store from Glenaran and an area devoted to selling Irish food, including a range of artisan products.
The Glenaran Irish Market will stock a range of Irish crafts including handmade sweaters, fashion items, crystal and jewellery.
Meanwhile, there will also be a new, dedicated Irish Whiskey Collection outlet, a sister shop to the award winning version at Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport.
Shannon Airport Authority Chairman Brian O’Connell said the investment would “ensure the traditional welcome in our attractive new retail facilities will continue into the future”.
The gateway is considered the global birthplace of duty free after Dr. Brendan O'Regan founded the world's first duty free experience there in 1947.