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RGIA, Hyderabad expands retail space by 150%

RBR Staff Writer Published 04 June 2012

The GMR Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad, India is expanding its retail zone by another 150%, making a way for over a dozen top retail brands. The airport has earmarked an additional 5,000ft² of space to house multi-cuisine restaurants apart from fast food joints.

About 22 retail shops and gaming and entertainment zones will be accommodated in the domestic terminal over the next few months, reported Times of India.

RGIA has roped in a range of stores, including books and stationery chains, and apparel and jewellery outlets, to enhance its commercial space. With the retail focus, the profitability of Shamshabad airport is expected to improve.

The first phase of retail project has been rolled out in May 2012. While the second phase is expected to be completed by September, the last phase will be over by the year end.

Recently, brands such as WH Smith Bookshop, boutique jewelery group Krishna Pearls and Jewellers, eatery chain Taste of India and Karachi Bakery have opened outlets in the airport. Also in the transit are food chains KFC and Barista, and luxury brands Mont Blanc and Swarovski.

Apart from the entry of new retailers, existing retailers such as Shoppers Stop has expanded its retail space from 3,200ft² to 6,200ft².