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Gatwick completes €50 million retail revamp of South Terminal's departure lounge

Gatwick Airport claims that a near €50 million facelift of the retail area in its South Terminal will transform the shopping experience for departing passengers.

The revamp has led to the creation of 10 new or “refreshed” stores in the terminal’s departure lounge.

New outlets include the largest Zara airport store in the UK, Ted Baker and Snow+Rock , which joins Aspinal of London and Ernest Jones in making its airport debut at London Gatwick.

The gateway claims that their selection was based on passenger feedback for a more premium and stronger mainstream offering of both national and international brands.

Gatwick’s head of retail, Spencer Sheen, says: “We are very proud of the completion of the South Terminal International Departure Lounge which takes airport shopping and the passenger experience to a whole new level.

“Our new retail space not only demonstrates our forward thinking but also our desire to deliver on what our passengers ask for, be it a luxury department store or a high-street favourite.

“And the results we have seen so far speak for themselves as more than 80% of our passengers have rated as ‘excellent’ and ‘good’ the selection of retail outlets available at the airport.”

These new openings mark the final phase of an extensive €48.2 million South Terminal departure lounge project that Gatwick says delivers “a state-of-the-art retail journey for passengers”.

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