Gosling’s launches new store at airport
A new duty-free shop launched yesterday at the LF Wade International Airport.
Bermuda Duty Free, run by beverage producer Gosling’s, has been open since April but held its official launch yesterday.
The shop’s previous concession holder left after its lease came to an end, said Charles Gosling, managing director of Gosling Brothers Ltd.
Mr Gosling said: “When the previous owners’ lease came to an end they decided rather than renew it, they would offer us the opportunity to expand.
“Rather than selling just what are our core items right now, such as alcohol and tobacco, we will also be selling fragrances and some clothing. We have been working with AS Cooper.
“We have a lot of local products here and we are looking to expand upon that.”
Mr Gosling said the firm was looking to meet with individuals and vendors offering authentic Bermudian products to potentially sell within the store.
With the new airport terminal scheduled to open in 2020, Mr Gosling said that he estimated having the shop for the two years before that happens.
“I’m sure there will be other businesses who will apply, because of what we have done, once the new airport is open in 2020,” he said.
The store, in the departures area, has an array of items, and is looking to increase its selection of cigars and large displays.
Mr Gosling believes that the turnaround in tourism is continuing.
“After the America’s Cup last year, I thought this would be a fairly glum year but it has just been really good and rising,” he said.
Mr Gosling has mentioned that the process has been fairly smooth. “I have a pretty good working relationship with Skyport and customs have been very supportive — our staff has been magnificent.”
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