Hudson Group doesn't care if you're traveling to Pasadena, California, or Poughkeepsie, New York, as long as you stop over in one of its shops. The company operates some 600 newsstands, bookstores, cafes, and specialty shops in about 70 airports and other transportation terminals throughout North America. The group's flagship Hudson News format is North America's only national newsstand brand. The shops offer travelers books, magazines, apparel, souvenirs, snacks, and beverages for their journey. Other formats include Hudson Booksellers, Kids Works, and Euro Cafe. Private equity firm Advent International acquired Hudson Group in 2007 and in 2008 merged it with Swiss travel retailer Dufry AG.
As a result of the business combination Hudson became a subsidiary of Dufry, which is also owned by Advent International. The plan is for Dufry to expand the Hudson News brand beyond North America, focusing on airports. Indeed, following the sale Hudson Group has opened newsstand in about a dozen countries outside North America. Together, Hudson and Dufry operate about 1,100 shops in more than 145 airports. Dufry, which operates about 465 duty-free and duty-paid shops, does business in some 40 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.
In fall 2010 Hudson Group, along with four Los Angeles companies and basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson, were selected to rehabilitate the retail concessions in four terminals of Los Angeles International Airport (better known as LAX). The project includes about 20 gift, book, and specialty stores, totaling more than 20,000 square feet.
Hudson Group has cross-selling ventures with other retailers including Crabtree & Evelyn, Godiva Chocolatier, Sunglass Hut, RadioShack, and Celebrate Life, among others. – less