Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority Selects Hudson Group and Partners to Revamp BNA's News/Gift and Retail Concessions

Sep 20, 2006, 01:00 ET from Hudson Group

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Travel retailer Hudson
 Group and its partners have been selected to upgrade the news/gift and
 specialty retail concession program at Nashville International Airport
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     As part of a long-awaited terminal renovation, the Metropolitan
 Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) had requested proposals to enhance the
 airport's retail shopping amenities. The available spaces were grouped into
 two separate packages. Following a competitive bidding process, the
 authority awarded both packages -- all the available retail space -- to
 Hudson and its partners -- J&B Enterprises, CBR, Inc. and Olympic Supply,
 Inc. The MNAA's Board of Commissioners announced its decision to award the
 10-year contract to Hudson on Sept. 20.
     Raul Regalado, President & CEO of the MNAA, said, "The Authority is
 eager to provide a full range of exciting shops and services for airport
 travelers and employees. Hudson Group has a proven track record for
 creating award-winning store designs, high levels of customer service, and
 appealing merchandise selections. Their proposal was successful because it
 was created in response to customer input regarding the concepts and
 merchandise travelers want most."
     Joseph DiDomizio, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer,
 Hudson Group said: "We are delighted to be coming to Nashville. This is a
 new market for us, which we expect will generate additional revenues of
 some $200 million over the life of the contract.
     "Hudson Group has a unique understanding of the products and services
 that the traveling public enjoys and expects, a fact that has been proven
 over and over again by our consistent record of enhancing the sales of
 previous operators. We are confident that we will do the same in
 Nashville," he added.
     Hudson's winning proposal is a targeted mix of newsstands, bookstores
 and specialty retail concepts that are specifically designed to meet the
 airport's requirements while capturing the distinctive sounds, flavors and
 spirit of Nashville.
     The lineup of stores includes:
     * Seven Hudson News newsstands (with various themes, i.e., patriotic,
       music, mountain and museum)
     * Two Rhythm Shine shoeshine stands (operated by J&B Enterprises)
     * Two Hudson Booksellers/Papyrus locations
     * A gourmet sweet shop (Godiva and Leon's Pralines)
     * A golf apparel and memorabilia store (In Celebration of Golf)
     * A combination toy and lifestyle store for kids and adults (Discovery
       Channel Airport Store and Kids Works)
     * Designer sunglasses (Sunglass Hut)
     * Upscale Native American jewelry, and trendy apparel for women and
       children (Spirit of the Red Horse, Radio Road and Fly Babies, operated
       by CBR, Inc.)
     * Nashville Star (including Nashville Kitchen, Christmas in Nashville and
       Discover Nashville Music City boutiques)
     * CMT (Country Music Television)
     * Sony BMG (Music of every genre)
     The stores will celebrate Nashville's most famous export -- music -- in
 every form, from live performance and karaoke recording spaces, to
 on-screen videos, to DVD listening stations, to CDs reflecting not only
 country music, but also every musical taste.
     All of the stores have been custom designed with a decor that reflects
 the flavor, feel and culture of Nashville. Customers will immediately know
 that they are in Nashville and that the merchandise they want is easily
     About Hudson Group: Hudson Group is a privately held corporation that
 operates more than 500 newsstands, bookstores and premier specialty retail
 shops in 66 airports and transportation terminals throughout North America.
 The company's flagship concept, Hudson News, is North America's only
 national newsstand brand. Under the familiar blue sign can be found the
 most complete selection of magazines in the aviation industry, along with
 newspapers and a wide variety of travelers' necessities, snacks and bottled
 soft drinks. Hudson Group specialty retail shops include such proprietary
 brands as Hudson Booksellers, Kids Works, Euro Cafe, $10/$15 Boutique, and
 more. Other national brands partnering with Hudson Group include Discovery
 Channel, CNN, Crabtree & Evelyn, Godiva Chocolatier, Roots, House of Blues,
 Sunglass Hut, Quiznos and Life Is good.
     About Olympic Supply: Olympic Supply, Inc. has partnered with Hudson
 Group to run the Nashville concession program as the AMS-Olympic Nashville
 JV in both concession packages. The Joint Venture (JV) will operate all
 stores, with the exception of CBR, Inc.'s and Rhythm Shine's. The
 responsibilities of Olympic include management, administration,
 merchandising, recruiting and marketing. Additionally, Olympic is
 responsible for financing its proportionate share of the capital investment
 required of the JV to fund, develop, construct and operate the entire
 concession program.
     Olympic has been operating multiple Olympic News news, gift, book and
 specialty retail concessions in BWI as a JV partner of Hudson since 2004.
 It has operated a wholesale business since 1991, distributing medical,
 janitorial and industrial supplies and equipment to hospitals, the US
 military as well as other governmental and institutional clients. The
 principals of Olympic, Terri and Sandy Roberts, bring a wealth of
 experience in sales, marketing and leadership to the joint venture program.
 Olympic is a Tennessee-certified DBE.
     About CBR: CBR, Inc. has over 30 years of successful experience
 designing, developing and operating airport retail stores. Carol Howe,
 President and CEO, started the company. She opened her first store in the
 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in the mid-1970's. Today, CBR
 operates over 60 stores in large hub airports across the United States. As
 a subtenant of Hudson, CBR, Inc. will be bringing three of their successful
 retail concepts that have won accolades across the country -- Spirit of the
 Red Horse, Radio Road and Fly Babies. Spirit of the Red Horse is an
 award-winning and nationally known brand that is recognized as a premier
 source of Native America jewelry, gifts, apparel and souvenirs. Radio Road
 is a women's apparel store that specializes in trend-setting, fashionable
 and packable clothing and accessories for women travelers. Fly Babies
 features colorful and comfortable clothing for the smallest airline
 travelers, babies and toddlers. CBR, Inc. is a 100% DBE owned and operated
 company and they partner with the communities they serve
     About J&B Enterprises: J&B Enterprises will be operating Rhythm Shine,
 a shoeshine stand located within Hudson News newsstands. J&B Enterprises
 has been an incumbent operator for over 25 years at Nashville International
 Airport. James Druett, President of J&B, has almost 50 years of business
 experience. As a subtenant in the Hudson News operations, Rhythm Shine will
 provide a valuable component of customer service to both airport passengers
 and employees.
     About MNAA: The MNAA was established in 1970 and owns and operates the
 Nashville International and John C. Tune General Aviation Airports.

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