South Korean travel retailer, Lotte Duty Free has taken over the liquor and tobacco concession at Changi Airport.
Bringing its extensive travel retail experience to Changi, Lotte will eventually offer over 3,000 tax- and duty-free wines and spirits as it expands its product line-up progressively. Travellers can look forward to a wide variety of brands and products from special and limited-edition whiskies and cognacs, exclusive labels only found in Changi Airport, a dedicated collection of Asian spirits highlighting brands from Singapore and Korea, as well as alcohol-free options to cater to a growing demand for non-alcoholic beverages.
Renovation works for Lotte’s stores at Changi Airport will take place in phases, beginning in Terminals 1 and 3, once circuit breaker restrictions are lifted. Integrating elements of nature, inspired by Changi Airport’s iconic gardens, and featuring innovative in-store technologies, Lotte’s design concept for its stores will redefine the retail experience at Changi. Shoppers can look forward to unique concepts such as a specialised cognac brand boutique, immersive experience zones dedicated to whiskey, gin and wines, and a high-tech tasting bar, among others.
With the gradual re-starting of activities post-circuit breaker restrictions in Singapore, Lotte will first retail on Changi Airport’s duty-free e-commerce platform, iShopChangi.com, before its physical stores open at a later stage. Singapore residents can shop selected Lotte’s products on iShopChangi without flying.
The world’s second largest travel retailer in terms of sales turnover, Lotte has been awarded the liquor and tobacco concession for a six-year term that covers all 18 liquor & tobacco stores across Changi Airport’s four terminals, spanning more than 8,000 sqm of retail space.
DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, has opened a spectacular new wines and spirits flagship duplex store – the first of its kind in the world – at Singapore’s Changi Airport Terminal 3 .
At 11,400 square feet across two floors, the store is DFS Group’s largest single retail space for wines, spirits and tobacco. The opening of the store marks a milestone in DFS’ leadership and innovation in retail, and the realization of a new vision for retail at Changi Airport.
Designed by Masamichi Katayama, the award-winning interior designer and founder of design firm Wonderwall, the store showcases the luxury retailer’s full assortment of wines, spirits and tobacco in a visually dramatic store environment and façade inspired by flowing water and undulating shapes. Within the store, warm and modern design elements accentuated by a double-height atrium measuring over eight meters high provides an inviting shopping and tasting environment for travellers.
Amongst the store’s most innovative features are expanded common areas designed especially for lifestyle and cultural experiences. This includes a Raffles Long Bar – in collaboration with one of Singapore’s most historical landmarks, the Raffles Hotel - the ground-floor atrium tasting bars and a private lounge. The Long Bar will serve its famed cocktail invention, the original Singapore Sling. These common areas also provide space for guided tastings and a monthly program of exciting and interactive activities, featuring master classes for cocktail mixology, bartending and hosting at home.
In the new duplex store, DFS also introduces Changi’s first branded boutiques for wines and spirits, situated on the second floor. Nine brands – Absolut, Dom Pérignon, Glenfiddich, Hendrick’s, Hennessy, Johnnie Walker, The Macallan, Martell, and Penfolds – will showcase their heritage and their finest products within individually-designed boutiques, from the travel trunk-inspired Johnnie Walker House to the Glenfiddich boutique’s cellar and cask design. The store will also host visits from master distillers, blenders and brand ambassadors throughout the year, and unveil worldwide product launches for these nine brands.