HDS Retail starts Relay and begins new Dynasty at Hong Kong International SkyPlaza – 19/02/07

HONG KONG. HDS Retail Asia Pacific this month opens two new Relay stores plus a new Chinese Cultural Bookstore, Dynasty Books, at Hong Kong International Airport’s new T2 SkyPlaza.

Relay, a well-established news and convenience products chain in travel retail, has 1,100 outlets in 17 countries across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

The first Relay store in SkyPlaza is already open with the second set to launch on 28 February, bringing the total number of Relay stores at the airport to ten.

The company said: “With strong colours and dynamic shopfits, Relay stores offer the latest release news and book products along with souvenirs, snacks, beverages and vital travel convenience products.

“HDS Retail Asia Pacific is delighted to be working with Hong Kong International Airport in the opening of these stores and in the continued development of our Hong Kong operation.”

Commenting on the new Dynasty Books concept HDS Retail said: “As an international hub for air traffic in Asia Pacific, Hong Kong is also a meeting place between East and West – hence the idea of opening a cultural bookstore in Hong Kong International Airport, the gateway to China.

“Dynasty Books caters to the demand for books and items related to Chinese culture, as well as keepsakes of the Hong Kong experience.

“With a store design and unique range of products engineered to reflect the experience of Chinese culture, Dynasty Books offers a wide range of books and associated items related to Asian culture across subjects such as Feng Shui, Antiques, Painting, Calligraphy, Food & Design, as well as a selection of Japanese and Korean cultural interest titles.”

A selection of fiction, non-fiction, business and special interest titles is also on offer, as well as the latest magazines.

SkyPlaza, the ambitious new retail, dining and entertainment complex at Hong Kong International Airport, is set for a full opening next month.

The 35,000sq m aviation-themed SkyPlaza mall offers many firsts in retail, catering and entertainment. It is already in a trial opening phase for airport staff and generating strong business.

The entertainment includes Asia’s largest 4D cinema and an Aviation Discovery Centre. Retail, spread over 15,000sq m, features over 134 stores; while there are more than 20 catering units covering 10,000sq m.

For more on SkyPlaza click here.

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