Plymouth’s Drake Circus is now home to Barrhead Travel’s first branch in the southwest

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A leading travel agency is set to open its first branch in the Southwest this weekend – and it will be in Plymouth.

Barrhead Travel, which has been in existence for 42 years with more than 70 branches across the UK, will open in a small unit next to EE at Drake Circus in the city center. It is understood that he is filling an otherwise empty unit that previously housed the Skinny Dip clothing and accessories store.

The new store comes as Barrhead Travel, headquartered in Scotland, resumes its UK-wide expansion that has been delayed due to the pandemic.

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The Plymouth store will be run by Director Claire Ives and a team of travel specialists with over 50 years of combined experience.

It will offer a wide variety of different vacations and trips, including cruises, vacations, sightseeing trips, weddings, honeymoons, city breaks and beach breaks – all tailor-made for each client.

Confirming the news, a spokesperson said: “A leading UK travel agency, Barrhead Travel, will open on Plymouth’s Main Street.

“The move marks the resumption of the agency’s expansion plan, made possible by the return of confidence in the travel industry alongside growing demand for the services of a travel agent – and Plymouth is the first in the list.

“The brand new store is located at the Drake Circus Shopping Center at the entrance to Old Town Street, adjacent to Cotswold Outdoor and EE and is slated to open on Saturday September 11 with an official launch party to celebrate a new start for the team of four – all of whom have been working remotely since 2019. “

President of Barrhead Travel, Jacqueline Dobson said she was happy to launch a new store in Plymouth and especially hope the new branch will be useful for people needing advice and guidance for traveling abroad under the Covid-19 testing rules.

“We are delighted to bring our mark of confidence to the people of Plymouth as part of our continued commitment to retail,” she said. “There is an incredible pent-up demand for travel later this year and beyond and, as vacations become more accessible, it is important that people rely on the knowledge and protection that a travel agent can provide. reputed can offer.

“With so many changes in travel advice, vacationers don’t just turn to our experts for inspiration, they turn to us because they know we have the expertise to help them change travel advice, entry requirements and tests.

“While we have a great virtual service in operation, it was important to us that our consultants were available at our clients’ doorsteps to provide them with a human connection with someone who is highly qualified to navigate the landscape. of the trip – and someone they can trust. “

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Barrhead Travel Plymouth Store Manager Claire Ives said: “I am so excited to open the first Barrhead Travel Store in the South West. My team and I can’t wait to finally be back on the streets main where we belong, welcoming our customers face to face.

“Having the opportunity to personally thank them for their support over the past year will be amazing and I know they will be delighted with the options, value and protection we can offer them for their next getaway.”

Drake Circus Center Director Greg Lumley added, “We are delighted to be able to announce another new addition to the center.

“The new opening is part of our continued investment in Drake Circus and The Barcode to make us the best shopping, entertainment and dining destination in the region.

“We are sure that Barrhead Travel will prove to be very popular with our customers, especially since this is its first store to open in the South West.”

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