Travel Retail | 04.11.2020

Strategic retail property consultancy, Harper Dennis Hobbs (HDH), has launched a new wholesale distribution channel to bring exciting new brands to the travel retail sector.

The new channel will enable clients to showcase their brands and products to new audiences in the travel and duty free sectors.

HDH’s travel retail team, which works with an extensive collection of leading luxury and lifestyle brands, has added the experience of industry veteran Richard McGratty, together with Jessica McGratty Singer and Klaudia Piwecka formerly of McG Consultants, to help brands and products enter the tax and duty-free arena.

The combination of HDH’s extensive and unrivalled retail and airport contacts and McGratty’s expertise in bringing innovative ranges and products to the travel market, will create a fully rounded global solution for retail brands, airports, and tax- and duty-free operators alike.

Simon Black, executive director at Harper Dennis Hobbs, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Richard, Jessica and Klaudia to the HDH travel division. It’s great to have a new and positive story to bring to the industry at a time when so much is changing, and we look forward to creating exciting projects which will bring key lines as well as unique concepts and assortments to the global travel retail market.

The travel sector still offers huge opportunities for brands who might not have previously considered this area as an option. This new venture will provide a complete solution for fresh and innovative businesses to enter the travel retail space, not only in airports and stations, but potentially in the cruise and inflight sectors too.”

Richard McGratty said: “We are delighted to forge a new and unique blend of expertise otherwise unknown in travel retail. HDH’s knowledge and connections in airports and the wider retail industry will allow us to develop newness in so many facets of the market that have so far not been seen in travel.”

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