DFS grabs boutique business

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 September, 1997, 12:00am

Duty Free Shoppers (DFS) has continued to rebound from missing out on the 'big three' concessions at the new airport, picking up half of the 10 licences to run luxury fashion boutiques inside the passenger terminal.

DFS China Partners will operate five boutiques under the Christian Dior, Nina Ricci and Salvatore Ferragamo brand names in the restricted area of the airport. These will offer luxury clothing, accessories and leather goods.

In what was seen as a shock at the time, DFS in May missed out on the liquor and tobacco, perfume-cosmetics and general merchandise concessions.

Recently, the operator rebounded from this setback by winning two gourmet food concessions.

DFS has claimed recently that it is seeking to expand in the speciality retailing area, and the latest concessions fit in with this strategy.

Of the remaining five licences awarded yesterday, three were won by Nuance-Watson (HK) - the Hong Kong/Swiss joint venture vehicle which also was awarded the perfume-cosmetics and general merchandise rights. Nuance-Watson will operate Burberrys and Bally outlets.

The remaining two licences have been won by Gucci, which will operate two stores offering its own goods.