March 18 2019  |  Retailers

Hudson Group wins 10-year contract extension at Philadelphia Airport

By Jas Ryat

Hudson Group has been awarded a 10-year contract extension for nine locations at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

Combined with the company’s recent market win at PHL including 13 new locations, the concessions agreements for Terminals A, D, E, F and the B/C Connector will more than double its footprint with 17,174 square feet of retail and food & beverage space.

Hudson Group will continue to operate its nine existing locations, operating brands such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Hudson, Life is Good, and Kiehl’s. It has already added several new specialty stores, including 5th & Sunset, Coach, Hudson News, PHL Sports and Vera Bradley. FAO Schwartz and Ink by Hudson are slated to arrive later this year.

Nearly 32 million passengers traveled through Philadelphia International Airport in 2018. The airport ranks within the top 20 airports in the US, and in less than 10 years, PHL has undergone over US$2 billion of capital improvements with US$650 million of projects still ongoing.

“We’re excited to deepen our commitment to Philadelphia International Airport with expanded and new retail concepts that modernize the travel experience for PHL’s nearly 32 million annual passengers,” said Roger Fordyce, Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Group.

“This new contract win and extension agreement reflect our focus on maximizing our passenger traffic exposure in North America’s top airports, while also diversifying the concepts and products we offer to better meet the needs of travelers.”

“As we continue to elevate the passenger experience at Philadelphia International Airport, we’re pleased to be introducing new brands and concepts that resonate with the traveling public,” said Paul McGinn, President, MarketPlace Development.

“Hudson Group continues to be a reliable, innovative partner that has a pulse on travelers’ needs. We look forward to continuing our multi-year partnership.”

Hudson Group’s new retail concepts include:

Hudson: Hudson offers travel and convenience necessities, local souvenirs, and electronics, snacks and beverages, books, and magazines.

5th& Sunset: Hudson Group’s proprietary sunglasses and accessories store offers leading name brands, such as Gucci, Kate Spade, Maui Jim, Oakley, Ray-Ban and more.

Coach: Coach is a leading US design house of modern luxury accessories and lifestyle collections.

FAO Schwarz: A toy store that seeks to provide one-of-a-kind experiences to passengers.

Ink by Hudson: A new contemporary bookstore built around a core offering of books, plus toys, stationery, fashion, artwork, travel essentials and indulgences.

PHL Sports: Whether baseball, basketball, football, or hockey, PHL Sports will evoke a Philadelphian sense of place by sharing appreciation for its hometown teams. Brands include 47 Brand and New Era.

Vera Bradley: An innovative brand for women that specializes in bags, fragrance, luggage, and accessories. Vera Bradley is most recognized for its colorful patterns and quilted-cotton bags.

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