Hudson Group Wins Contract for Food & Beverage/Newsstand Concessions At Mobile Regional Airport
AL – February 8, 2006 - Hudson Group and its local DBE partner,
Irmatean Watson, have won the contract to provide new retail operations
and a new food & beverage program at Mobile Regional Airport (MOB).
addition to the company’s current airside Hudson News operation, Hudson
Group will operate several food and beverage concepts, offering
breakfast, lunch and dinner options to the travelers and employees of
MOB. The package also calls for two new Hudson News locations. Here is
how the new concessions are configured:
• Pre-Security – Three concepts (Hudson News, Quiznos sub shop and Chart Room bar) will combine to offer passengers and employees numerous dining options, plus the convenience of a Hudson News store in a single cluster. Quiznos is a nationally branded and promoted sandwich shop, featuring a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. The adjacent Chart Room
will be a full-service bar with alcoholic beverages (draft and bottled
beer, wine and mixed drinks); fountain drinks; fresh coffee and hot
• Airside – Once past security, passengers and employees may visit another “combination” location, featuring a Hudson News, Carpe Diem Café and Cruise City Bar and Grill. A small Hudson News store anchors this location. Incorporated into the newsstand will be the Carpe Diem Café, featuring local favorite Carpe Diem coffee and nationally branded Krispy Kreme donuts. The adjacent Cruise City Bar and Grill
will provide a range of self-service and quick service choices for
breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu will offer breakfast made to
order, hot entrees, cold and grilled sandwiches, soups, salads and
desserts. A full-service bar will feature premium and domestic beer,
wine and mixed drinks.
The airport awarded the concessions to Hudson Group for a term of 15 years.
Group, while perhaps best known for our Hudson News brand, is rapidly
expanding its portfolio of food and beverage offerings, with a strong
assist from outstanding business partners like Irmatean Watson,” noted
Joseph DiDomizio, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
“Today Hudson Group operates 37 food and beverage concessions in 22
airports, with annual sales of over $16 million. We expect this segment
of our business to continue to grow rapidly throughout 2006.
course, our nationally recognized Hudson News brand is second to none
with regard to our strong emphasis on reading materials and core
traveler convenience items. In Mobile, as elsewhere, we will feature a
comprehensive selection of gifts reflecting the local region as well as
merchandise from local providers, such as Carpe Diem Coffee, Tanners
Pecans & Candies and Mobile Popcorn,” DiDomizio concluded.
gift sections of the three newsstands will offer merchandise from
Mobile attractions and cultural institutions, including the USS Alabama
Battleship Memorial Park, Delta Queen steamboat, the original Mardi
Gras, and two annual Mobile events – the Fishing Rodeo and the Festival
Thomas Hughes, director of
aviation for the Mobile Airport Authority, said, “We are very pleased
to expand Hudson Group’s presence in Mobile. We have had a strong and
mutually beneficial relationship for many years. Our passengers will
enjoy a dramatic improvement in food and beverage options.”
Group’s partner in this venture, Irmatean Watson, is a pharmacist and a
resident of Mobile. She has been involved in the operation of
concessions at Gulfport-Biloxi Airport since 1987 and in Birmingham
Airport since 1990. She is currently Hudson’s partner in both these
airports. She first became involved as a successful participant in
Mobile Regional Airport concessions in 1986, and has been its incumbent
operator since 1998. Hudson Group has been associated with Ms. Watson
in Mobile since 2003.
Hudson Group is a
privately held corporation that operates more than 450 premier
specialty retail shops, newsstands and bookstores in 65 airports and
transportation terminals throughout North America. The company’s
flagship concept, Hudson News, is North America’s only national
newsstand brand. Under the familiar blue sign can be found the most
complete selection of magazines in the transportation industry, along
with books, newspapers, and a wide variety of travelers’ necessities,
snacks and bottled soft drinks. Hudson Group specialty retail shops
include such proprietary brands as Hudson Booksellers, Kids Works, Euro
Cafe, $10/$15 Boutique, and more. Other national brands partnering with
Hudson Group include Crabtree & Evelyn, Godiva Chocolatier, Roots,
House of Blues and Quiznos.
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