Over an eight week period Concourse worked with the airport, retailer and brands to create 6 Duty Free Stores. The retail centre at the new international airport at Yangon Airport in Myanmar is a total of 6,700 square meters. The new flagship travel retail stores includes Lacoste, Moschino, Pandora, Kipling, Coccinelle and Bering.
Working closely with the brands, SMI Retail, and also airport personnel to create the designs and technical specifications for each unique store, we simultaneously began assembling our regional team of manufacturers, electricians, builders, installers and even artisanal craftsmen to carry out this complex project.
Exceptionally high specifications and artisanal detailing were features of the flagship-level stores from custom-made lighting systems and bespoke furnishings using a range of high-spec materials from Corian to stainless steel, to custom floorings, to sheer fabric ribbons painstakingly and permanently arranged as part of one store’s façade (Pandora). We delivered six original luxury environments for six completely different brands.
Using our teams from Asia and Europe, Concourse provided full M&E works support alongside local contractors, to handle all activities including flooring, painting of partition walls, ceiling, build of shop fronts, manufacturing, shipment, and installation of the fixtures and furniture. We also provided direct support to the brands with QC inspections of customised furniture at local manufacturers around Asia. Concourse even relocated some of its Thai team to Yangon for 4 weeks of the project time. In keeping with our Concourse ethos of working with local suppliers, the production team was 70% Myanmar locals, with 30% from Thailand.
Every store was opened for business on time and on budget. They all looked stunning. On a personal level, we loved the great feedback received from all our clients. This was a first for Concourse and proof again that, for us, no location is too exotic.