The JR Story
JR/Duty Free offers world-class duty free and retail shopping, located in airports across Australia, New Zealand and Israel and in the city centre of the main capitals of Australia.
Experience the convenience of finding everything you’re looking for within one store; from luxury brands and designer fashion to an extensive range of beauty, fragrance, electronics, liquor products and wine.
Shopping within the modern and stylish surroundings of a JR/Duty Free store is a complete experience. Our friendly staff will provide expert advice and personal attention to assist with your selection.
You will find JR/Duty Free stores at these locations:
- Cairns International Airport
- Darwin International Airport
- Adelaide - 25-27 King William Street
- Brisbane - 27 Adelaide Street
- Melbourne - 185 Swanston Street
- Perth - 772 Hay Street
- Auckland International Airport
- Christchurch International Airport
- Wellington International Airport
- Ben Gurion International Airport
- Jordan Valley Border Crossing
- Tabor (Sinai, Egypt) Border Crossing
- Ashdod Port Terminal
- Haifa Port Terminal
James Richardson was the pioneer of Duty Free retailing in Australia. Led by David Mandie AM, OBE, James Richardson opened its first Duty Free store at Brisbane Airport in 1972 and over the next 23 years it operated at every major airport (Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Perth, and Melbourne) in Australia. In addition it operated up to 25 city stores. James Richardson sold its Australian Duty Free division in 1995 to the Duty Free division of Nuance, a subsidiary of Swissair.
Since 1988, James Richardson has operated the principal Duty Free license consisting of liquor, tobacco, fragrance, skincare and confectionery at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv. As demonstration of its successful performance, it retained the concession for the second time in 2004 to operate for a further 7 years. In 2011 this concession was extended for another 4 years. James Richardson also holds the concession for confectionery, sports, footwear and clothing at Ben Gurion Airport, as well as men's fashion (Boss, Lacoste, Armani). James Richardson also operates Duty Free stores at the border crossings to Jordan and Egypt (recently renewed till 2021), at Ashdod and Haifa ports, on cruise ships and also on passenger airlines.
In December 2005 James Richardson returned to Duty Free retailing in Australia with the opening of 3 Duty Free stores within the CBD of Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The store designs are world class, the environment outstanding and results to date are impressive. A further store opened in Brisbane CBD in early 2008. These stores offer a wide range of designer brands and products which are available either duty free or tax free (dependent on the product category) and in many cases these products are available to non-travelling customers by just paying the GST.
In 2006 James Richardson successfully bid for the Duty Free Concession at Darwin International Airport and February 2007 marked the commencement of this operation.
In 2009 JR/ Duty Free expanded its operations across the Tasman and into New Zealand. JR/ Duty Free was successful in being awarded one of the two licenses at Auckland International Airport. The entry to Wellington resulted from the purchase of the Regency Duty Free business and “Discover New Zealand” at Wellington airport.
JR/Duty Free opened its doors at both Auckland and Wellington International Airports in July 2009, and the growth did not stop there. In July 2010 the business opened for business at Christchurch International Airport and in March 2012 stores were opened at Cairns International Airport in Australia.