WHSmith to expand its presence at Perth Airport with new stores opening in International Terminal 1

WHSmith is proud to announce that, following a competitive tender process, they have been awarded four sites in Perth Airport’s International Terminal 1. The sites are due to open during 2020.

This announcement follows a fantastic year of growth for WHSmith in Australia, which has included three new store openings in Perth Airport’s Domestic Terminal 4, and two in Melbourne Airport’s Domestic Terminal 3.

The new Perth Airport WHSmith stores will feature the latest format developments in store design and layout, showcasing best in class retail initiatives with feature spaces for key ranges and digital screens. Our ‘Celebrating Local’ program, which launched in Perth Airport earlier in the year, will be expanded with activations throughout these new stores dedicated to highlighting local products, book titles, events, organisations and notable Western Australian people, creating a true sense of place.

Our highly successful pure play digital accessories travel retail brand, InMotion, will have prominent space in several of the new Perth Airport sites. InMotion, which was acquired in 2018 by WHSmith, is the largest airport-based digital accessories retailer in North America and has expanded internationally in 2019. The InMotion store in store offer within the new sites follows the successful launch of the first Australian InMotion store, which opened in Perth Airport Terminal 4 in June 2019. InMotion will offer a specialised shopping experience to customers who will be able to enjoy the extensive and dedicated range of the latest headphones, power and technology accessories for their journey.

Carl Hargrave, Managing Director, WHSmith Australia commented: “I’m absolutely delighted WHSmith has been awarded these four new stores in Perth airport; it is indicative of our ongoing strong partnership with the Perth airport team.

Whilst we pride ourselves on being one of the biggest News, Books and Convenience operators in Australia, we constantly look to evolve our stores and our offer for the ever changing domestic and international passenger demographic. Our new store in store InMotion is a great example of this, offering the latest ranges of tech products coupled with fantastic knowledge and service from within our WHSmith formats.

We are looking forward to working with Perth Airport on our latest best in class experience in Australian airports.”

Perth Airport Chief Commercial Officer, Kate Holsgrove, said this is a new chapter for the partnership between Perth Airport and WHSmith, adding: “WHSmith is a leading retailer for travelling customers, so we are very pleased to have them operating on more sites at Perth Airport.

“We look forward to growing our partnership with the great team at WHSmith by offering our passengers a world class retail offering at our terminals.”

The first of these four new Perth Airport stores are scheduled to open in May 2020.