Hudson, a Dufry Group company and leading travel experience provider with more than 1,000 airport stores, commuter hubs, attractions and tourist destinations across North America, announced today that it has secured a ten-year contract extension at Ontario International Airport (ONT., which serves more than 5.5 million travelers annually. The agreement provides for the conversion of two of Hudson’s seven existing stores into the new Evolve shop-in-shop concept, which will open in Terminals 2 and 4 by the end of the year.
The agreement is the latest in a multi-year partnership between Hudson and the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA), demonstrating Hudson’s ability to exceed traveler expectations and add value through world-class retail formats. Since 2017, Hudson has been offering Ontario International Airport (ONT) travelers some of its most popular proprietary concepts, including Ink by Hudson, as well as localized concepts that celebrate the city as the gateway to Southern California. Now the partnership reaches a new milestone as ONT will also host Hudson’s first two Evolve stores on the West Coast.
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“Our partnership with the Ontario International Airport Authority has proved highly successful over the years as they share our vision and commitment to a new retail experience,” said Brian Quinn, Hudson’s EVP and Deputy Chief Executive Officer. With this expansion, we are confident that we will continue to deliver the level of service and innovative concepts that travelers have come to expect, including our two new Evolve stores.
Evolve offers a unique shopping destination, bringing together a curated selection of national and local brands with the best travel essentials. Here, travelers will find luggage stores from Briggs & Riley and Herschel Supply Co., accessories from Happy Socks and Sunglass Hut, electronics from Apple, Beats, Bose and Brookstone, toys from Build-A-Bear Workshop® and LEGO®, and local products fan favorites in a section titled “Distinctively Los Angeles”. Convenience is at the core: Evolve also offers three checkout options, including self-checkout and mobile POS (point of sale), giving Hudson employees more time to advise travelers and act as brand ambassadors.
“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Hudson and to introduce the Evolve concept at Ontario International Airport. One of the greatest experiences in and out of the ONT is the convenient, hassle-free customer experience our travelers have. they can enjoy and we believe this new shop-in-shop retail format fits perfectly, ”said Alan D. Wapner, President of the OIAA Council of Commissioners and long-time mayor of the city of Ontario.
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Hudson, a Dufry Group company, is a travel experiences company that transforms the world of travel into a world of opportunity by being a traveler’s best friend at more than 1,000 stores in airports, transportation hubs, attractions and tourist destinations. Our team members serve travelers as friends in our travel convenience stores, specialty stores, duty free shops and food outlets. At the intersection of travel and retail, we partner with rental companies and suppliers, taking innovative business approaches to create exceptional value. To learn more about how we can make your location a destination, visit us at hudsongroup.com or follow our journey on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
Via Ontario International Airport
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent flyers. ONT is located in the Inland Empire approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in central Southern California. It is a full-service airport that, prior to the coronavirus pandemic, offered non-stop air services to 26 major airports in the United States, Mexico, Central America and Taiwan. Visit www.flyOntario.com for more information. Follow @flyONT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was formed in August 2012 through a joint powers agreement between the City of Ontario and San Bernardino County to provide general direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of the ONT for the benefit Southern California economy and metropolitan area residents to take over the airport. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario City Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired businesswoman Julia Gouw (Commissioner).
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