July 4 2013  |  Retailers

Hudson Group debuts 19 new airport stores at preview of LAX’s TBIT

By Ryan White

The recent preview gala showcasing Los Angeles International Airport’s new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) featured a stellar lineup of exciting retail brands from a joint venture headed by premier travel retailer Hudson Group.

Last year Westfield Concessions Management, the Terminal Concessions Manager for LAX, selected a business venture comprised of Hudson Group and a group of local partners to build and operate 19 new shops in the newly renovated international terminal. The list of shops includes five travel essentials stores; 13 specialty retail stores, including luxury brands like Emporio Armani, Bulgari, Coach, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Tumi, Virgin/Boost and Bliss; along with local favorites such Fred Segal, Kitson, See’s Candies and Pinkberry.

Joe DiDomizio, President & CEO of Hudson Group, said: “This award is a milestone for our partnership group, probably one of the most significant wins in our 25-year history. It demonstrates our transition from a company perhaps best known as an excellent newsstand operator to a company at ease with operating international luxury brands. For that we can thank the growing reputation of our marketing and merchandising team, and the support of our parent company, Dufry. As the largest duty free operator in the world, Dufry has relationships with all the top designer and luxury brands. This access has greatly enhanced the portfolio of offerings that we are able to offer to airports.”

The joint venture is comprised of Hudson Group (HG) Retail, LLC and an assembly of dynamic LA businesses that provide local focus and understanding of the Los Angeles marketplace. The group includes equity partner Concourse Ventures, Inc. (Dale Cochran, Principal), along with ACDBE partners Palazzo Concessions (Simeon Stewart and Michael Washington, Principals); The Zaman Group (Karim Zaman, Principal); MAJ Collection (Julie Jun, Principal); and Arandia Designs (Luis Arandia, Principal).

The stores will be ready when the terminal opens this summer, beginning with a bevy of newsstand brands, including Entertainment Weekly News, CNN Newsstand – Los Angeles, a news/gift store called Angeleno, and the newest incarnation of the Hudson News brand, called simply Hudson. Hudson takes the best of the traditional Hudson News shops and enhances it with a fresh, new look and the tech products and healthy snacks that travelers want.

The lineup of specialty retail, luxury and designer brands includes Bvlgari, Emporio Armani, Michael Kors, Coach, Hugo Boss, Bliss, Victoria’s Secret, Tumi, Fred Segal, Kitson, Travel + Leisure, See’s Candies, Virgin/Boost and Pinkberry.

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