East Rutherford, NJ – August 2, 2012 – As part of the program to enhance the shopping experience at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL), HG-St. Louis JV is delighted to announce that it has been approved by the St. Louis Airport Commission for the award of a 10-year contract to operate the retail concessions program in the airport.
HG-St. Louis JV is a joint venture comprised of Hudson Group (HG) Retail, LLC; Final Phase Marketing, Inc., based in St. Louis; OHM Concession Group, LLC of St. Ann, Missouri; and Newburns Management Group, LLC, an experienced ACDBE operator.
Upon final approval of the contract by the City of St Louis, HG-St. Louis JV will deliver 14 new stores, including three distinct newsstand brands – Hudson, Ebony News and CNN Newsstand – St. Louis.
Hudson: The future of newsstands is here, with our latest generation “Hudson” shop. Hudson takes the best of our Hudson News shops and enhances them with a new, fresh look. We’ve reorganized and refined our layout and product mix to better match the latest trends in traveler demands. Just as Hudson News has set the standard for magazines and books (through our proprietary Hudson Booksellers) and travelers’ necessities for the past 25 years, our new Hudson store sets the new standard for the coming decade, with its streamlined look and accent on technology, healthy snacks and highly efficient “shopability.”
Ebony News: On the outside, this newsstand is branded with the leading publication catering to African-Americans, Ebony magazine. Founded in 1945 by the late John Johnson, head of Johnson Publishing, Ebony burst onto the publishing scene. From its earliest days, through its latest issues, this revered and respected magazine has set new standards in covering news of interest to the black community, inspiring instant loyalty and recognition. In cities across the United States, Ebony was the first publication on the scene to chronicle events important to civil rights.
Inside, the store is 100% Hudson, with the same high standards of quality, operation and service that Hudson has delivered in newsstands across North America and around the world.
CNN Newsstand – St. Louis: The most trusted name in international news teams with nationally branded Hudson to provide travelers with travelers’ necessities and convenience items, plus live news feeds in the stimulating setting reminiscent of a real television newsroom. CNN is recognized around the world and CNN Newsstands are an exclusive concept that only HG-St. Louis JV can bring to STL.
One of the Hudson newsstands features a special section devoted entirely to the delectable indulgence of confectionery bliss from Natalie’s Candy Jar, a successful candy concept with extensive experience catering to airport customers.
Another Hudson newsstand features Natalies’s plus a section called St. Louis Sports. Here employees and travelers of STL can obtain licensed merchandise from local college and professional sports teams, as well as mementos of famous St. Louis sports figures from Yogi Berra and Jerome Bettis to Sam Bradford and Carlos Beltran, presented in an appealing ballpark setting.
A third Hudson store features a wide range of U.S. Post Office products and services.
The HG-St. Louis JV team will also deliver a range of specialty retail brands with local, national and international personality, along with the latest trends in retailing, to the concessions program of STL:
Discover St. Louis: This eclectic and ever changing boutique will feature souvenirs and mementos from all the leading cultural institutions in the city, including all the attractions at the Jefferson National Parks (including The Gateway Arch), Peabody Opera, St. Louis Art Museum, as well as entertainment attractions like the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Blues and Washington University of St. Louis.