Gatwick airport welcomed the opening of a new Harrods department store in the South Terminal departure lounge on Thursday (August 1).
Focusing on luxury fashion, accessories and jewellery, the new store offers more than 6,000sq ft of premium shopping, with brands ranging from DKNY, M Missoni and Armani Jeans, to Michael Kors, Swarovski and Paul Smith.
The new space also includes a Harrods’ Food Hall area, as well as the chance to buy own-brand gifts from the world-famous retailer.
The opening comes during one of Gatwick’s busiest times of the year, with the airport expecting to handle more than three million departing passengers over the six-week school summer break.
The launch of Harrods’ new boutique follows the opening of 10 new and revamped stores in the South Terminal. The first phase of retail outlets, which included Kurt Geiger, Hugo Boss and Lacoste, opened their doors on July 18. Brand names which are new to airport retail include Ernest Jones and Aspinal of London.
Later this year, an additional 12 new or revamped stores, which also have a focus on fashion, will join the South Terminal retail’s offer.
Spencer Sheen, Head of Retail at London Gatwick, said: “This year, we will spend £21 million in the South Terminal departure lounge to enhance our retail offering. The new Harrods store at Gatwick is a very important part of this. Not only does it look fantastic, the boutique offers an excellent mix of brands that will delight our passengers. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Harrods to make the most of this exciting opportunity.”
Raj Assanand, Harrods Business Development Director, said: “I’m delighted to see another fantastic Harrods Airport store open, following the success of our other