The Paradies Shops

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The Paradies Shops
Industry Retail
Founded Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. (1960 (1960))
Founder Dan Paradies
Number of locations
500+ stores (2008)
Area served
United States and Canada
Key people
Dick Dickson, Chairman
James Paradies, Vice Chairman
Gregg Paradies, President & Chief Executive Officer
Revenue US$428 million (2008)
Number of employees
3000+ (2008)

The Paradies Shops, Inc. operates stores in airports, hotels, and other locations throughout the United States and Canada. Locations include specialty stores and bookstores.[1] The company was founded in 1960 in Atlanta, Georgia.


The first store was a toy shop at the Atlanta Airport. Since 1960, The Paradies Shops has expanded to over 500 stores in 65 airports.[2] The company runs stores under brands ranging from The New York Times to different American collegiate athletic conferences.[3] The company was acquired by Lagardère Group, a French company, in October 2015. It is now known as Paradies Lagardère.[4]


  1. ^ "The Paradies Shops, Inc.". BusinessWeek. Retrieved December 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ Zumbrun, Joshua (June 18, 2008). "How airports profit while you wait". Forbes. Retrieved December 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Media firms use airports for branding, revenue". ( September 15, 2008. Retrieved December 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Completion of the acquisition of Paradies," Press Release,, 22 October 2015

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