Gutted to hear this morning that Dixons Carphone is having to close its airport shops, thanks to a double-whammy of HMG’s removal of VAT-free shopping for overseas visitors (yay for that nebulous Brexit dividend), together with the predicted COVID-linked collapse in future passenger numbers.
Turning up early for a flight so that I could wander through the Dixons shop was one of THE pre-fly highlights of an overseas jaunt. Like many others steeped in consumer electronics, being able to peruse the latest in tech - in a Richer Sounds-sized store - before boarding a jet was a rare joy that will be sorely missed. And let’s not forget, from a sales perspective the shops did a truly jaw-dropping amount of business. For me, they always felt like a tamer reincarnation of the forever missed emporia that once peppered Tottenham Court Road.
On the upside, at least the retailer is talking about redeploying the 400 hard-working staff, rather than making them redundant. However, many will know only too well that initial declarations of good intent often melt away once public attention has focussed elsewhere. Here’s hoping the group follows through and does right by its people.
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