||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 and train stations in the United States. The company's holdings includes Hudson News, the world's largest operator of airport newsstands.
It was founded in 1918 by Ike Cohen as a newspaper distributorship in Bayonne, New Jersey, and formally incorporated in 1926. In 1975, the company opened its first retail store, in Newark Liberty International Airport. Hudson Group opened more outlets throughout the New York City area in the 1980s and 1990s, later expanding nationally. In 2001, the company expanded into Canada, and in 2004, it acquired W H Smith's North American airport retail operations.
Since September 2008, Hudson Group has been a wholly owned subsidiary of international duty-free travel retailer Dufry AG (DUFN.SW) of Basel, Switzerland, a public corporation traded on the Swiss Stock Exchange.
The company's retail locations operate under the following brand names:
- $10 Boutique
- $15 Boutique
- Crabtree & Evelyn
- CNN Newsstand
- Discovery Channel Airport Store
- Godiva Chocolatier
- House of Blues Store
- Hudson AeroMart
- Hudson Booksellers
- Hudson News
- Kids Works
- Life is Good
- Marketwalk Brands
- Rodeo Houston
- Travel Basics
- U.S. Open Golf House
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.
- Newman, Richard (2012-02-01). "Robert Cohen, Hudson News magnate, dies at 86". The Record (Bergen County) (NorthJersey.com). Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- Pentol, Andrew (4 September 2008). Dufry to take over Hudson Group, DFNIonline, Retrieved June 8, 2011
- Thomasson, Emma (4 September 2008). Advent merges airport retailers Dufry, Hudson, Reuters