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DAA planning overhaul of retail in Terminal 2


New DAA CEO Dalton Philips

New DAA CEO Dalton Philips

New DAA CEO Dalton Philips

The DAA is to embark on a major revamp of its retail operations at Dublin Airport's T2. The project - overseen by the DAA's Aer Rianta International (ARI) unit - includes the development of a new 14,500 sq ft duty free outlet, a large liquor store as well as other new units for the sale of items such as perfume, luggage and jewellery.

Tender documents seen by the Irish Independent show the airport operator is seeking companies to work on an ongoing revamp over three years.

Its understood the DAA is looking to put together a panel of six providers under a so-called framework contract, who will then bid for the work in T2 as it arises.

The tender relates to work in the main retail areas of the departures lounge, a mix of space managed directly by the DAA and concession stores.

The refurbishments panel will work for the DAA, but it is likely they'll also be best placed to tender for work in the concessions, given the necessary familiarity with the airport, including its security processes, once contractors are short-listed.

T2 opened in 2010 at a cost of €600m, and can handle 15 million passengers a year. Its retail units are among the busiest in the State.

The planned programme of works will continue through its 10th anniversary.

Since T2 opened the older Terminal 1 at Dublin has seen its retail and departure lounge undergo a major, award winning, overhaul.

As well as work in Dublin, ARI has been successful in securing contracts to operate duty-free units in airports around the world.

This year it won a contract to operate new outlets at the King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It also retained a contract to operate services at the Rafic Hariri Airport in Beirut.

Last year, ARI won a contract to operate the duty-free concession at the new Muscat International Airport in Oman for 10 years, and also won a 10-year duty-free contract at Abu Dhabi Airport's new terminal.

In September, the DAA named former Morrisons and Brown Thomas boss Dalton Philips as its new chief executives.

The Wicklow native succeeded former Glanbia executive Kevin Toland, who left to begin a new role as chief executive of troubled Swiss-Irish baked goods group Aryzta.

The selection of a retailer for the top DAA role suggests that the semi-state sees significant scope to expand the airport group's own retailing activities at home and abroad.

Irish Independent