Hudson Group Joint Venture Wins Two Airport Concessions Contracts in San Diego

Aug 15, 2011, 11:14 ET from Hudson Group

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A joint venture composed of Hudson Group; Concourse Ventures, Inc.; and two Airport Certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (ACDBE) -- Epicure Group International, LLC; and Martinez Niebla, LLC -- was selected by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority for two retail concessions packages in San Diego International Airport's (SAN) recent Request for Proposals solicitation.

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The joint venture -- HG-CV-Epicure-Martinez San Diego JV – was confirmed August 4 as the winner of Package 2 (four newsstands, a bookstore and a specialty retail store totaling 6,067 sf of selling space) and Package 7 (two newsstands and a specialty retail store totaling 2,313 sf). The award totaled 8,380 sf overall.

In Package 2, the team proposed the following concepts: Sunglass Hut, Warwick's of LaJolla Books, Gaslamp News (with Caffe Calabria and Discover San Diego), Hudson News (surfing theme), Lindbergh Field News and San Diego Bay News (with Caffe Calabria).

In Package 7, the concepts included: Lindbergh Field News, Gaslamp News and a Tech on the Go technology store.

Noted Joe DiDomizio, President & CEO of Hudson Group: "Hudson, along with our joint venture partners, is delighted with this award, which opens a whole new market for us. In rebranding our Hudson News and Hudson Booksellers concepts with locally themed names and designs, we are supporting the airport's efforts to maximize service and increase revenues through their newly branded 'Sunset Cove' concessions program -- inspired by San Diego's reputation as a beautiful destination city."

Nyle Marmion, Manager, Concession Development, San Diego International Airport, said:

"San Diego Airport is excited to partner with a travel retailer of Hudson Group's caliber to create world-class newsstands and specialty retail stores that satisfy customers while capturing the essence and local charm of the San Diego region."  

About Hudson Group: Hudson Group, the largest duty-paid travel retailer in North America, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of international duty-free travel retailer Dufry AG (DUFN) of Basel, Switzerland. The company operates some 600 Hudson News, Hudson Booksellers, cafes and premier specialty retail shops in 70 airports and transportation terminals in the United States and Canada, and additional newsstands in 12 more countries around the world. The combined Dufry/Hudson entity oversees over 1,160 stores in 45 countries and 160 airports and terminals.

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