Dufry has opened the first five stores of its Hudson convenience store concept at RIOGaleão (Tom Jobim International Airport). Three of the Hudson stores are in Terminal 1 and two others are in Terminal 2.
The Hudson duty-paid convenience stores offer a broad selection of travel-related essentials including confectionery, personal care items, souvenirs, electronics and toys as well as newspapers, magazines and books to domestic and international passengers.
The opening of the five stores marks Dufry’s strategy to internationalize the Hudson concept into markets with high domestic passenger volumes and where the group is already present with its traditional duty free shops. Dufry has already opened close to 80 Hudson stores in more than 12 countries, outside the US and Canada, where the Group operates over 450 Hudson shops.
Gustavo Fagundes, Chief Operating Officer Region America II, commented on the initiative: “Dufry is bringing to Rio, through RIOGaleão, the Hudson concept, which is internationally successful and which has already shown great customer response at the Brasília, Natal and São Paulo (GRU) airports, where Hudson stores have been in operation since 2014. In our expansion plan we expect to open another 13 stores in several airports in 2015, thus creating a convenience chain able to meet the passenger needs with a great variety of products. On top, we are also very proud of our new retail concept implemented in the departure area, which allows us to additionally improve customer convenience and shopping experience”.