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Gebr Heinemann is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of its airport duty free business, which began at Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany.

It all began with a small kiosk with a service counter at Cologne Bonn, where the Hamburg family business is still the retail concessionaire today, although the operation has grown to five shops employing 100 staff.

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“We are very proud of our long standing and successful partnership with Cologne Bonn Airport,” enthuses Claus Heinemann, co-owner of Gebr Heinemann.

“The airport is the cradle of our business in the airport retail sector, because it was here that we dared to make the leap from being a pure wholesaler to operating shops ourselves, which was a new level of trade for us back in 1969.”

His cousin and co-owner, Gunnar Heinemann, adds: “It’s really wonderful to see how business here in Cologne has developed over the last five decades.

“All the innovations our company has realised in recent years have been successfully implemented here, whether in transitioning from the service counter to the walk-through self-service shop, or from the simple Duty Free logo to our own ‘Heinemann’ retail brand – both the airport and our employees here on site have offered us outstanding support along the way.”

Johan Vanneste, CEO of Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH, notes: “Heinemann is an integral part of our airport family. We share a very long and successful history.

“There have been shops here at Cologne Bonn Airport ever since Terminal 1 was built. Together we have succeeded in building up a trusting partnership over 50 years, one that provides the basis of our joint success.”


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