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Changi Airport's duty-free liquor and tobacco stores to get major facelift

DFS plans wider drinks selection, Long Bar set up by Raffles Hotel

Published on May 15, 2014 6:57 AM
An artist's impression of a DFS shop to be opened at Changi's T3. The terminal will also boast a members-only lounge and a Long Bar - concepts that have not been seen before at other airports, says DFS. -- PHOTO: CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP

Changi Airport's liquor and tobacco stores are set for an ambitious $85 million overhaul that promises travellers more space and choice of products, as well as unique offerings.

Among the highlights are double-storey stores, a Long Bar set up by Raffles Hotel to serve Singapore Sling cocktails and other drinks, as well as a wider selection of wines from Spain, Italy and Germany.

The planned enhancements at Changi are among DFS' "most ambitious" and most expensive, said its chief operating officer, Mr Michael Schriver, at a joint media briefing with Changi Airport Group yesterday.

DFS offered the improvements as part of its successful bid for a fresh six-year contract to run the liquor and tobacco stores at Changi, defeating other global airport retail heavyweights like Europe's World Duty Free Group.

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