Le Clos and Macallan break TR record for third time

1st June, 2017 by Kristiane Sherry

Le Clos has broken the world record for the largest single sale in travel retail for the third time in 18 months, shifting 29 bottles of The Macallan Fine & Rare expressions for US$530,000.

The transaction, made at the luxury retailer’s Dubai International Airport store, was for bottles from The Macallan 18-Year-Old Vertical Collection distilled by the Edrington brand from 1937 to 1990.

It is the third time in 18 months that the Maritime and Mercantile International (MMI)-owned merchant has broken the travel retail world record, following Macallan sales for US$500,00 in December 2016 and US$360,000 in January 2016.

Andrew Day, MMI group CEO said: “To achieve a second duty free world record sale in just six months with The Macallan is a tremendous milestone. It reinforces the strength of our partnership with The Macallan, Le Clos’ world-class retail environment, and the iconic nature of The Macallan itself.

“Le Clos and The Macallan will continue to develop our partnership. We will shortly launch the newly designed shop-in-shop in our flagship Concourse A store at Dubai International (DXB), ensuring that Le Clos remains the destination of choice for those seeking iconic collectibles, by continuing to set the standard in luxury travel retail.”

Igor Boyadjian, Edrington global travel retail managing director, commented: “This latest record breaking sale is testament to the powerful and unique partnership between The Macallan and Le Clos.  Not only is there clear alignment on how to cater to luxury spirits consumers, but there is also a perfect dovetailing between Le Clos’ luxury retail expertise and The Macallan’s status as the ultimate luxury spirit.

“We look forward to strengthening this partnership in the future, and are determined to enhance continuously the retail experience for consumers, especially in key locations such as Dubai International Airport – a truly world-class facility with the very highest standards.”

Eugene Barry, executive vice president commercial and communication at Dubai Airports, added: “Dubai Airports is delighted to host Le Clos at Dubai International, and we congratulate both them and The Macallan on another outstanding sale at DXB.

“Since inception, Le Clos has been a key partner in helping Dubai Airports create meaningful passenger experiences in the premium travel retail area.  Three record-breaking sales in just over 18 months is proof of the success and power of this partnership.”

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