Louis Hachette opens Paris’ first railway Bookstore, Bibliothèques de Gare, and the travel retail industry is born.
1881 – 1945
Developing a Distribution Network
Louis Hachette develops the distribution network Messageries Hachette, and becomes the supplier to over 80,000 press outlets across France.
A Fashion First
Hachette launches the renowned Elle Magazine.
North American Retail is Born
Paradies opens the first store in Atlanta Municipal Airport (now Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport).
U.S. Distribution Growth
Hachette acquires Curtis Circulation in the US, a leader in the magazine distribution market.
U.S. Retail Growth
Hachette acquires Eastern Lobby Shops, a U.S. news and convenience retail company.
Best in Brands
PGA TOUR and Paradies sign an agreement for the first airport retail brand partnership.
Canadian Retail Growth
Hachette acquires The UCS Group, Canada’s largest press retailer.
Coca-Cola names Paradies its official retailer for Summer Olympic games in Atlanta.
A United Front
Canada’s UCS Group merges with America’s Eastern Lobby Shops and gives birth to HDS Retail North America.
Food and Beverage Inception
Paradies launches its Food and Beverage Division.
HDS Retail acquires a majority interest in the Phoenix-based Delstar Companies Inc., and the San Antonio-based airport retailer, News & Gift Shops International.
A New Name
HDS Retail North America becomes LS travel retail North America, to align with the corporate branding of Lagardère Services’ travel retail division.
A Focus on Travel Environments
LS travel retail North America sells its Canadian urban retail locations to Gateway Newstands. The sale allows LS travel retail to focus on its core strategy – operating in travel environments.
Leading Retail Excellence
Airport Revenue News names Paradies “Best Overall Retailer” for the 20th consecutive year.
North American Expansion
Lagardère Travel Retail Acquires Paradies and merges it with LS travel retail North America to create the new market leader for airport concessions.