Barrhead Travel, one of the UK’s largest independent travel agencies, has confirmed plans to open an experiential store in Southampton, investing £2.1m over 5 years.
The new store opening will create approximately 12 new jobs in the local area and the travel agency are looking for experienced travel specialists to apply. Southampton is the latest outlet adding to its extensive network of over 70 retail outlets across the UK.
There will be separate cruise and longhaul areas in the store but the agency will provide all types of holidays. The store will also feature a foreign currency unit. The positioning of the store will be on Above Bar Street, facing the entrance to Westquay Shopping Centre and close to Boots, Primark and the Post Office.
The plans are unveiled as Barrhead Travel revealed another new store in Fort Kinnaird Retail Park in the Edinburgh area earlier last week with an investment of £3.5m over the course of 5 years.
The travel agent is investing millions of pounds in 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 several 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 Southampton, the first on England’s South Coast. We really look forward to welcoming new customers to our fantastic store.
“Customers book with Barrhead Travel because they want the expertise of our specialists. 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 store in Eldon Square, Newcastle, then in Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester. Its network of stores, call centres and offices is over 70, UK wide.
Barrhead Travel currently employs over 1000 people and is recruiting for Southampton and throughout the UK for experienced sales consultants, team leaders and managers.