March 1, 2007

‘Sunglass Hut/Life is Good’ Combo Store Opens in John Wayne Airport

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- John Wayne Airport (SNA), is celebrating the grand opening of an exciting new specialty retail store that combines two proven concepts -- Sunglass Hut and Celebrate Life: Life is good.

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The bright, airy store is located past Security in Terminal A. It will be operated by AMS-Martinez SNA, JV -- a joint venture composed of Hudson Group and its business partner, Rueben Martinez, principal of Martinez-Niebla LLC.

The two specialty spaces are interconnected for ease of shopping. Two separate entrances invite passengers into each glass-fronted section of the store. On the left, Sunglass Hut presents the world's most comprehensive portfolio of premium sunglass brands, including Burberry, Dolce & Gabanna, Donna Karan, Oakley, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Ray Ban and Versace. On the right, Life is good offers its signature cheerfully-hued apparel, mugs, backpacks, toys, beach towels and flip flops -- all emblazoned with the smiling "Jake" stick figure logo and the life-affirming message, Life is good.

"Hudson Group has brought us a first-rate concession with appealing merchandise from Life is good and Sunglass Hut," said Alan L. Murphy, Airport Director. "We look forward to working with Hudson in providing the type of quality retail concessions our passengers have come to expect at John Wayne Airport."

"Both of these concepts have been highly successful in other locations," said Joseph DiDomizio, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Hudson Group. "Even the temporary Life is good kiosk we have had open in the airport since last summer has done a tremendous amount of business. Both concepts are well suited to John Wayne Airport, which is the gateway to Southern California's fabled sun and surf culture."

The new store joins three existing Hudson News stores in the airport -- one newswall, a small pre-security store, and a larger main store in Terminal A. The joint venture redesigned and built out all three locations upon taking them over from the previous operator as the result of a successful competitive bid in 2005. Most of the new stores use a pleasant surfing motif, evoking the nearby beaches of Orange County.

About Hudson Group: Hudson Group is a privately held corporation that operates more than 500 newsstands, bookstores and premier specialty retail shops in 69 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 is the most complete selection of magazines in the aviation industry, along with 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 Discovery Channel, CNN, Crabtree & Evelyn, Roots, House of Blues and Quiznos.

About Martinez-Niebla LLC: Martinez-Niebla LLC is a certified disadvantaged business enterprise with operations in Santa Ana and Lynwood, California. The principal owner, Rueben Martinez, is a Santa Ana-based entrepreneur, bookstore and art gallery operator. Mr. Martinez was a recent recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Grant for his work in promoting literacy in the Latino community.

About John Wayne Airport: John Wayne Airport (SNA) is a self-supporting enterprise, owned and operated by the County of Orange, and is the only commercial service airport in Orange County, California. It is located approximately 35 miles south of Los Angeles, between the cities of Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach. The service area includes three million people within the 34 cities and unincorporated areas of Orange County. The airport serves more than nine million passengers annually and is governed by the five- member Orange County Board of Supervisors.

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CONTACT: Laura Samuels of Hudson Group, +1-201-528-2402, [email protected], or Rachel Gibson of John Wayne Airport,+1-949-252-5197, or pager, +1-800-642-5562

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