Baltona to consider temporary locations in Warsaw Chopin

By Andrew Pentol |


The 1,200sq m main duty free shop will be the key outlet for Baltona in Warsaw Chopin Airport.

Flemingo International subsidiary Baltona Duty Free is looking to open temporary locations at Warsaw Chopin Airport where it was awarded the nine-year concession covering 14 retail outlets.

As reported, Baltona plans to open four duty free shops, three fashion boutiques and seven confectionery, tobacco and newsagent (CTN) outlets across both terminals covering 3,000sq m. This includes the main 1,200sq m duty free shop which will take 10 weeks to complete.

Baltona Duty Free CEO Piotr Kazimierski told TRBusiness: “Lagardère, the previous concessionaire stopped selling on 30 June. Since 1 July, they have been working to a two, three, four or five-week time-frame during which they must empty the stores and vacate the premises. After that we can start re-construction.

“The smaller convenience and CTN outlets will probably open four to five weeks after taking over the premises.”


Kazimierski, who cites the aforementioned 1,200sq m duty free shop in front of security as the most important outlet commented: “We are also thinking about opening temporary solutions because this is a high season period and people are flying to holiday destinations.

“We are discussing with the airport authority how to manage these [temporary] locations. This may not be easy, but I hope we can deliver. Perhaps we can open them in August.”

Currently running airport locations in nine countries including Poland, Romania, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland, operating in Warsaw is likely to represent its biggest challenge. Kazimierski explains: “First of all, it is the capital city airport and will be a 16m or 17m passenger airport in 2018. Then there is the possibility of a new central [airport] hub opening in the next nine or 10 years.”


Baltona will ultimately operate six stores in Wroclaw including a fashion boutique spanning 850sq m.

He added: “Warsaw is growing double-digit so will reach capacity any day now. They are getting tighter and tighter which is easy to see. This is a significant challenge for the airport and will be a key one for us. The number of passengers, number of locations and the way they are scattered around the terminal will not make things easy especially during the high season.”

Meanwhile, Baltona is set to hold the grand opening of its Wroclaw stores on 30 August. The retailer commenced the five-year contract on 1 December 2017 having previously held the concession around five years prior before relinquishing it to Gebr Heinemann,

The retailer, which unveiled its new stores in Tallinn this month, will ultimately operate six stores spanning 850 sq m. The largest 300sq m outlet is a multi-category ‘Wroclaw Duty Free’ outlet which is already open along with part of the CTN location. A new Spirit of Poland shop, designed especially for Polish locations is also part of the offer.

Kazimierski said: “We are happy we grew to win in [Wroclaw] last year. I have seen how the building work has progressed and the whole offer is going to absolutely amazing.”


There is clearly plenty to look forward to for Baltona, which unveiled its Tallinn Airport stores in the presence of TRBusiness earlier this month.






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