Costa Rica Business News – Flemingo International’s Starter convenience concept commenced operations at Juan Santamaria International Airport in December. Details emerge of the new opening as the company says it plans to open 40 new stores during 2014, mainly in Latin America and Southeast Asia.
The store carries food & beverage including snacks, sandwiches, hot dogs, rolls, coffee, water, soft drinks and beer in addition to flowers, toiletries, gifts, souvenirs and travel accessories.
Flemingo said: “The business has been growing steadily from the start of operations and the response from the passengers and airport staff as well as taxi drivers etc has been very positive in the first 20 days of trading.”
The airport handled 2.3 million arriving passengers last year, with traffic a mix of US, Canadian, Latin American and European.
Through Starter, Flemingo also plans to create an Airport Employee Service where products could be delivered to their work station by 6pm if they order by noon. The brand also plans to launch combo packs (meal, water and other beverages) as well as creating a Costa Rica pavilion showcasing goods manufactured and retailed exclusively from the country in the near future.
For Flemingo, the Starter format will play a part in achieving its vision of US$2 billion in turnover by 2020. Its brands Starter and Xpress operate today at three locations (Gdansk as part of a master retail contract, as well as Costa Rica and Malaysia).
Source: ©The Moodie Report
By Dermot Davitt