Gatwick set to open largest ever Next airport store
Gatwick airport has announced it is set to open Next’s largest ever airport store in September.
Spanning 1850sq ft (171sq m) and to be located in the South terminal, the store will retail both men’s and women’s ranges, with a focus on summer clothing and last-minute essentials. It will also house a range of accessories, shoes and swimwear all year round, as well as business wear and accessories.
Gatwick’s “carry on-board” policy means passengers won’t need to worry about whether they can squeeze purchases into their luggage as passengers will be allowed to take an airport shopping bag onto their flight.
The arrival of Next at Gatwick is in response to the airport’s regular surveys, which is among the most preferred brands passenger shoppers most would like to see at the airport.
Gatwick airport chief commercial officer Guy Stephenson said: “Next is the latest quality addition to Gatwick’s extensive retail offering, providing everything you need for your getaway.
“The store’s arrival is in response to passenger requests in our regular surveys and joins a stellar line up of recent new openings at Gatwick, including the world’s first airport gin distillery, The Nicholas Culpeper and renowned chef Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store.
“Coupled with the convenience offered by our airport wide ‘carry on-board’ and ‘collect on return’ services, the 41.7 million passengers travelling through the airport every year will experience the best of the high street at tax free prices.”
Next Gatwick store manager John Rowland added: “Launching the new Gatwick store is a great privilege; we will be able to show off our fantastic range and serve customers travelling to 80 countries in five different continents.
“Add to that the fact that our product offering is aimed at enhancing our customers’ holidays all year round and we have a service to be really proud of.”