Dixons to open stores in terminals 1 and 2 at Dublin Airport
British electrical retailer Dixons is set to open outlets in Dublin Airport's existing terminal and the new Terminal 2 (T2) that's due to open in November, the Irish Independent understands.
The chain, which also owns Currys and PC World, plans to open the outlet in the existing terminal building within weeks. It has acquired space that was previously used directly by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) for the sale of electrical items. The DAA is shifting its retail focus to concentrate primarily on other products such as alcohol.
Dixons will trade from an area extending more than 130 square metres in Terminal 1, under the terms of an initial five-year lease. It will be located in the shopping area travellers enter directly after passing through airport security. The retailer will also occupy a 207sqm store in T2 when it opens later this year.
Dixons is owned by London-listed DSG, one of Europe's largest electrical retailers which also operates about 30 outlets in Ireland.
The company has been changing the name of its Dixons outlets to Currys, but retains the brand online and in duty-free areas.
It has outlets in a number of UK airports, including about seven in Heathrow, where it also operates a PC World store. Dixons has stores in other airports, including Stansted, Manchester and Gatwick.
Speaking to the Irish Independent this week, DAA chief executive Declan Collier said about 200 expressions of interest had been received from retailers to occupy space at T2 and said all 8,000sqm of available retail space at the terminal would be occupied once it opened. Fitting out of retail units has begun.
Meanwhile, Aer Lingus yesterday said it had not made any formal decision yet on whether to shift its operations to T2 when it opens.
It has signed a memorandum of understanding that about half the nearly 60 check-in desks at T2 could be taken by the airline if it decides to move its operations there, it is understood.