Creating History

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.


Olympic Spirit

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.


Greater Coverage

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.