||It has been suggested that Hudson News be merged into this article. (Discuss) Proposed since June 2012.|
The Hudson Group is an East Rutherford, New Jersey, based retailer which operates a chain of newsstands, bookstores, fast food restaurants, and other retail stores chiefly at airports in the United States, with a smaller presence in US train stations and Canadian airports. The company's holdings include Hudson News, the world's largest operator of airport newsstands. Hudson Group, the largest duty-paid travel retailer in North America, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dufry.
The company traces its roots back to 1918, when the Cohen family began a newspaper distribution company in Bayonne, New Jersey, which expanded to magazine distribution under the name Hudson News and grew to become the largest magazine wholesale distribution agency in the United States.
In 1987, Mario DiDomizio and a staff of fewer than 100 employees opened the first branded Hudson News store in LaGuardia Airport. During the next 25 years, more Hudson News stores followed in New York City transit locations and a growing number of airports in the US and Canada.
This team was renamed Hudson Group Retail Specialists in 1998, reflecting the expansion from newsstands into cafés, bookstores (Hudson Booksellers), and specialty retail. Hudson Group had emerged as a full-service travel retailer. In March, 2008, global private equity firm Advent International acquired a majority interest in Hudson Group. Later that year, Hudson became a wholly owned subsidiary of another Advent holding, Dufry AG of Basel, Switzerland. Its new logo reflected this change: Hudson Group, a Dufry company.
Hudson’s specialty retail portfolio expanded to include international luxury brands such as Armani, Bulgari, Coach, Harley-Davidson, Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Tumi, and Victoria’s Secret. Its café brands now include Dunkin Donuts as well as Euro Café.
In response to this growth, Hudson renewed its commitment to its Core Values: Service, Respect, Passion, Dedication, Teamwork and Innovation. And the company mascot, Hudsy the News Hound, made his debut as the ambassador of Hudson’s “Traveler’s Best Friend” service.
In 2011, Hudson Group was given responsibility for Dufry's duty-free operations in North America, and in 2013 it debuted the new “Hudson” travel essentials concept, to rave reviews and great financial success.
Today, Hudson Group employs more than 6,000 people and operates over 700 Hudson, Hudson News, Hudson Booksellers, cafes, specialty retail, and duty-free shops in 70 airports and transportation terminals in the United States and Canada.
Dufry operates branded Hudson News stores in 14 other countries around the world.
Hudson Group operates retail outlets at 59 airports in the U.S. and Canada
Reflecting its Northern New Jersey/New York City roots, the company also operates outlets in New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal, Journal Square PATH station, World Trade Center PATH station, 33rd Street PATH station, Hoboken PATH station and Hoboken Terminal, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The Company also operates the United Nations Gift Centre inside United Nations Headquarters (not to be confused with the UN's own bookstore, which sells comparatively fewer novelty items). Hudson Group also operates retail outlets in Washington Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago.