Birmingham Airport - Retail and Food & Drink Outlets Thread


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Ray Finkle

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Is Mrs F already getting ready for your forthcoming trip Ray ? I know this is one of her favourite places at BHX as well as the shops, he he he :ROFLMAO:

Credit card at the ready
:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:

Most definitely.

My card is usually already smoking by the time we leave World Duty Free, then Bottega comes in to view :oops:

I'm a simple man and much prefer a simple pint of ale in Wetherspoons :)
 

Ray Finkle

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WHSmith in T1 is closed for a refit, they seem to be working their way through them.

The Luggage Shop next door had everything in boxes being loaded into a trolley, are they closing for good or also having a refit?
 

Brummiegem

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The only airside smoking facility is now closed.
The area,next to the Factory bar and restaurant has been closed as the area is prepared for the terminal improvements.
Any nervous fliers or heavy smokers will need to feed their habit before entering the terminal building and checking in.
I am not aware of any plans to open a new area for smokers airside,so if any flights get badly delayed,it will be interesting to see if smokers will be allowed back out to the landslide area.Currently this is not allowed so I cannot see that policy changing.
 

Brummiegem

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A quick update to the airside goings on.
Two units are now closed for refurbishment.They are the sunglasses unit opposite Dixon’s,and the WHSmith unit on the international pier.
One new unit has opened behind Pret A Mangre,this is a Rituals skincare boutique.Therefore if you want an update to your look before heading off to your destination, now is the time to do it.
 

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Guess its a news item !

BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT WELCOMES NEW STORE RITUALS
Luxurious lifestyle brand, Rituals, has opened a new premium boutique in Birmingham Airport’s north departure lounge. Rituals’ philosophy is to help you slow down, to find happiness in the smallest things and to turn everyday routines into more meaningful moments. With the introduction of this new store in such a busy terminal, the brand hopes to bring this message to the many travellers passing through the airport.

The Rituals store offers a vast range of its signature, bath, body and home care products, as well as travel retail exclusive gift sets that can be enjoyed by customers travelling from the airport. For customers that have a little longer time to spend in the store, staff are on hand to offer a complimentary Rituals hand and arm massage whilst sipping on a cup of organic Rituals tea. The new store features a beautiful Sakura tree which takes centre stage in the store. This statement Sakura tree is complemented by the spacious and calming atmosphere that has been created for customers.

Rituals products are inspired by the wisdom and ancient traditions of Eastern cultures, offering passengers an extensive collection of luxurious yet affordable products.

Richard Gill, Commercial Director of Birmingham Airport commenting on the new store said: “We are delighted to welcome Rituals as a partner of Birmingham Airport. This new store, which is such a recognised brand, will ensure that customers can experience a calming shopping experience pre-flight with luxury wellness products at affordable prices."

Neil Ebbut, Rituals Director of Travel retail, said: "This latest opening at Birmingham Airport continues the fantastic momentum we're experiencing in Europe travel retail this year and follows a string of store openings in the region. We look forward to delivering the full rituals 'Slow Down' experience and hallmark personalised service to passengers at Birmingham Airport."
 

Brummiegem

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Although I have posted the above story in the BHX thread,it is relevant to all airports.
Airport shopping outlets aren’t to everyone’s liking,but as the story says,they are a valuable source of income.
The smaller airports in particular rely on retail units to boost income,as well as a providing work for hundreds of people.

I have worked in airport retail at BHX for over 25 years.I have been furloughed since March,and I was hoping I would be back at work in October.This news is very worrying for myself as well as my friends and colleagues at BHX,as well as thousands of other airport retail workers across the country.
Leaving the EU was actually supposed to be good for duty free sales in particular,especially as restrictions would have been lifted with regards to passengers being able to buy liquor and tobacco products.Travelling within the EU,these items would not have been available at duty free prices.However after January 1st,only people on domestic flights would have had these restrictions.
While duty free liquor and tobacco products will still be available to all except domestic passengers,all other products will not be at tax free or discounted prices.
Fragrance,skin care products and food items make up a big proportion of duty free sales,so this decision seems extremely strange.

I hope that those responsible for making these decisions have a rethink.
The consequences for jobs and airports as a whole could be dire.
 

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It appears to be a tax recovery measure to fill that huge hole in Treasury finances. Duty is often not considered a tax as it is a spending levy rather than income related. Disposable income is already taxed via income and NI and spending is VAT liable, even if at 0%. This leaves duties payable on products considered luxuries or not essential though this an open debate as to whether fuel duty is levied on a non essential good.

However one feels, money needs to be raised directly from citizens and short term measures are necessary. The autumn statement and budget will elaborate I am certain. I always remember that Duty Free equals Tax Avoidance with Government blessings. It is a gift!
 

Brummiegem

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I understand that finances have to be recovered,but surely a balance has to be found.
Regaining money against making hundreds or maybe a couple of thousand people redundant does not make much sense right now.
Are we not trying to get the economy back up and running?????
 
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