Scotland’s largest independent travel agency, Barrhead Travel, has confirmed plans to invest £3.5million over a five year period in a new experience store at Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, due to open in mid-2018.
The new store opening will create approximately 16 new jobs in the local area and will be the fifth Barrhead Travel store in the Edinburgh vicinity. There will be dedicated cruise and longhaul areas in the store as well as a foreign currency unit. The positioning of the store will be close to M&S, Primark and TKMaxx and doors will be open 7 days a week and will be open until 10pm during weekdays.
The plans are unveiled as Barrhead reveal three new store openings in the first half of 2018, as part of a continued drive to expand its footprint across the country.
Scotland’s largest independent travel agent is investing millions of pounds on new store launches across the UK in 2018 covering shop fit outs, staffing, technology, training, IT and support. The plans are hot on the heels of other store launches in the last 18 months, the most recent of which was in Victoria Square Shopping Centre, Belfast, in December 2017.
The travel retailer said the expansion was needed as the number of customers booking holidays in its stores continued to rise.
Barrhead Travel’s rapid growth campaign bucks the travel industry trend following the recent closures of other high street travel agents.
Bill Munro, Chairman of Barrhead Travel, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce the new store opening in Fort Kinnaird Retail Park. We know more and more customers are booking in store because they want the expertise of our specialists.
“We really look forward to welcoming both returning and new customers to our new location. Holidays are an emotional purchase and customers want to feel they are getting the best possible value for money, sound advice from genuine specialists and to know that their holidays are fully financially protected.”
In 2015 Barrhead Travel expanded into the English market with a new store in Eldon Square, Newcastle then in Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester. Its network of stores, call centres and offices is over 70.
Barrhead Travel currently employs over 1000 people and is recruiting throughout the UK for experienced sales consultants, team leaders and managers. For more information on the vacancies available, contact their Recruitment team on 0141 223 6655 or firstname.lastname@example.org