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Travel retailer Stellar Partners to renovate Tampa airport stores

RBR Staff Writer Published 19 March 2012

Stellar Partners, a US-based travel retailer, plans to renovate its two duty free stores at Tampa International airport to offer certain brands with additional space.

Of the two, one store is located in airside E, to which travellers connect through a shuttle from the central terminal, and the other store is situated within international terminal F.

In 2008, Stellar Partners has won a five-year contract extension to continue operating Tampa airport's duty free shops until 30 September 2015. The duty free stores stock products such as liquor, tobacco, fragrances, accessories, gifts and watches.

Stellar Partners CEO Susan Stackhouse told DFNIonline that the company is in the process of renovating both stores, but primarily focusing on the international terminal store where additional flights are expected.

"We will do what we can with the space we have to work with, but it is important to emphasise that we are only expanding the stores by around 100sq ft (9.3sq m) by virtue of taking away some storage area and increasing the size of the entrance. It is more like a re-fresh than an expansion," Stackhouse said.

Currently, the firm operates two domestics outlets at the airport and plans to open a third one as part of its revenue enhancement and terminal modernization programs.

"I have taken a space and converted it into a duty-paid Swarovski outlet which will open in a couple of weeks. We also have a duty-paid Swarovski outlet at Philadelphia international airport," Stackhouse added.

Stellar Partners operates duty free shops, newsstands and specialty retail stores. The travel retailer has 35 outlets across ten US airports and also won a concession package for a further seven stores at San Diego International airport.