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Maritime Mercantile Internatio​nal (MMI) and Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR) awarded prime F&B retail locations in Dubai Internatio​nal’s new Concourse

Posted Mon 30 Jul 2012 11:09:37 am in News, Business | By News Desk

Successful C3 bid strengthens international airport Food & Beverage (F&B) and travel retail credentials

30th July 2012 (Dubai, United Arab Emirates):* Maritime Mercantile International (MMI) and Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR), Dubai-based subsidiaries of the Emirates Group, have been awarded six prime Food and Beverage (F&B) and retail positions at the new Dubai International Concourse (C3) dedicated to handling Emirates Airlines’ A380 fleet and boosting capacity at the world’s fourth busiest airport for international traffic by 15 million passengers per year. The award of the concessions to MMI and ELR was made after successfully bidding in a highly competitive process against local and global operators.

MMI and ELR, which already operate over 30 outlets across nine domestic and international airports in Australia and the UAE (including all three terminals at Dubai International), see these new sites as a natural extension of both their F&B and travel retail portfolios.

According to MMI and ELR, there continues to be significant growth potential in the international travel retail sector: “We continue to see attractive opportunities both in F&B and traditional travel retailing,” says Andrew Day, MMI & ELR Group CEO. “We have a proven track record of running a wide variety of concepts in this environment and are delighted that we have been able to build on our strong relationship with Dubai Airports and significantly increase our presence at Dubai International through a portfolio of powerful global, as well as our own, brands.”

ELR will roll out five premium F&B brands in the new concourse. The new F&B brands include Giraffe, the family friendly restaurant group that is scheduled to open its first outlet outside the UK at Dubai International, and Costa Metropolitan - an extension and more urban format of the well-established coffee brand. In addition, guests using the new terminal can also relax with a glass of the finest bubbly, accompanied by delicious rock oysters in the Champagne Lounge by Moët & Chandon; bar snacks and an ice-cold refreshment at the  Heineken Lounge; and/or a succulent steak with some of Tennessee’s finest at Jack’s Bar & Grill, showcasing the world famous Jack Daniel’s brand.

ELR’s aim is very clear and simple – to create the world’s best airport culinary and beverage experiences through innovative F&B concepts, delivered in world class environments and supported by outstanding customer service, 24-7.

Eugene Barry, Senior Vice President Commercial at Dubai Airports comments: “We were deeply impressed by the overwhelming interest that the tender created and by the quality of submissions received from all prequalified bidders. Emirates Leisure Retail demonstrated a true understanding of what we set out to achieve at Concourse 3 and will introduce some great concepts with the aim of delighting our passengers. We are delighted to build on a great working relationship across the F&B category with ELR, and also in selective retail with Le Clos.”

MMI will bring ‘Le Clos’, acknowledged by ‘Drinks Business’ (September 2011), as “game-changing” in the wine & spirits industry, to the new C3 facility and with twice the floorspace of the original outlet, which is situated in the main departures concourse of Terminal 3, Concourse 2, at Dubai International (The second Le Clos outlet is situated in the luxurious surroundings of Emirates Airline’s First Class Lounge). Guests can join celebrities, sports stars, wine lovers, and fellow travellers interested in browsing in what is probably the world’s finest luxury wine and spirits airport shop. Knowledgeable staff help choose the perfect bottle and Le Clos patrons will continue to have the option of ordering ahead via phone, online through the website, and then either picking up personally in-store, or as part of our commitment to offering a unique concierge service, have their purchase delivered on arrival by one of the expert team.

Andrew J Day, Group CEO of MMI and ELR, adds: “MMI and ELR understand the vital role that food and beverage and innovative compelling travel retail plays in enhancing the travellers’ experience and providing a relaxing environment and enjoyable experience during passenger dwell time. We are excited to be able to partner Dubai Airports in delivering unique concepts and world class brands and playing our part in making Dubai International the preferred choice for the discerning international traveller, as it continues its growth and enhances its international reputation. We have already developed substantial experience at airports around the world and in Dubai, and we are delighted to have won these prime concessions at C3 against strong competition. We are also extremely proud to be able build our largest Le Clos outlet yet, which in itself will provide a unique retailing opportunity for the world’s top luxury beverage brands through our premium Le Clos service.”

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