Tunisia’s Hamila Duty Free has inaugurated a new duty paid store with Oil Libya having sealed a contract to service its non-oil business across the country.
The agreement spans approximately 180 gas stations operating under the ‘Take 5’ branding covering convenience/gifting concepts, small supermarkets, restaurants and cafes.
“This is a new business to expand the know-how and knowledge of our company into the duty paid business to cater for all passengers travelling to and from Tunis,” Hamila Duty Free CEO Tarek Hamila told TRBusiness.
Stores in the ‘Take 5’ stable will attempt to capture the interest of more than one million Algerians visitors passing through the country each summer.
In a separate development, the YKH Holding Group subsidiary has confirmed ambitious plans to open a new land-border concession next year at Maaloula on the Algeria-Tunisia divide.
Hamila Duty Free will build around 1,200sq m of commercial space including 515sq m allocated to duty free, alongside F&B and three boutique concepts, under a 10-year government contract signed in May this year.
“We’re very excited about it – we have not developed this channel before in Tunis and it will be the first bordershop for the country, opening hopefully in the first or second term of 2018,” revealed Tarek Hamila.
“What we’re trying to do here is start something from scratch, copying an airport kind of experience on the border. We’ve copied the same layout, but on a smaller scale, and have tried to imitate the experience we have at the airports,” he pointed out.