After 38 years at Changi Airport, the DFS Group will soon be pulling out. Its duty-free stores will close next June, when its lease expires. The luxury travel retailer, Changi’s biggest and oldest tenant, has confirmed that it did not bid for a new liquor and tobacco concession. A DFS spokesman told The Straits Times yesterday that about 500 people are directly employed to service DFS’ liquor and tobacco concession operations at Changi Airport. She said DFS Group will work closely with the new operator, expected to be announced in November, to ensure a smooth handover. Staff had the option of working with the new operator or with other operators in the airport community. Some may also be offered deployment at other DFS locations in Singapore. “Regardless of our decision to withdraw from the liquor and tobacco concession at Changi, we remain fully committed to our future in Singapore, where we have operated for nearly 40 years,” the spokesman said. The group’s luxury concessions at Changi, in Scotts Road, and its Singapore Cruise Centre business will operate as usual. In a statement issued to the media, DFS Group chairman and chief executive officer Ed Brennan said: “Our decision not to… Read full this story
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