Loop Dreams: Dublin Airport opens new €8 million retail area
Shop n' fly
A new, 18,300-square-foot retail area at Terminal 1 will offer "a radically improved shopping experience", Dublin Airport says.
The Loop’s new 18,300-square-foot retail area opens this week after 18 months of development and construction in the airside retail area of T1.
The development includes a mix of new and rebooted stores such as Candy Cloud - a confectionery concept created with the help of schoolchildren - and the Wine Goose Chase, stocking wines with an Irish provenance.
It also boasts an enhanced perfume and cosmetics area, which Dublin Airport says will have Ireland’s largest collection of fragrances.
Also new is the Irish Whiskey Collection, which the Airport says has the most diverse range of Irish whiskey brands in the world among a total offering of 365 whiskies.
Urban Decay, Kiehls and Aveda are also available for the first time..
The Loop re-opens ahead of St. Patrick's Day, not to mention the hotly anticipated Six Nations rugby international between Ireland and Wales.
Irish rugby stars Seán O'Brien, Tommy Bowe, Mike Ross, Devon Toner and Jared Payne were photographed together with Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh this afternoon (see gallery above).
The Irish rugby team was passing through en route to Cardiff.
Perfumes and cosmetics at The Loop
Terminal 1's new and improved Loop (the name given to the retail brand/concept at both Cork and Dublin) comes after the announcement of a €20 million investment in new parking stands and taxiing lanes at the airport.
That development is the largest at the airport since Terminal 2.
As well as improving the customer experience in the Terminal, the airport hopes the revamped retail area will increase overall passenger spend.
Passenger numbers at Dublin rose by 8pc to 21.7 million last year. That growth looks set to continue, with 20 new services being launched during 2015.
“We hope that our customers can take a little piece of Dublin and Ireland with them on their travels,” said Paul Neeson, Director of Retail at the airport.
The Loop also offers free Click and Collect and Shop and Collect services.
The Loop Dublin Airport Facts:
• 368,264 bottles of Irish whiskey sold in 2014
• 1,009 bottles of Irish whiskey sold every day
• 125,000 magnets sold annually
• 120,000 T-shirts sold annually
• 100,000 souvenir keyrings sold annually
• 55,000 pens sold annually