The transformation of the retail scene is getting a big boost this week at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The Hudson Group (HG-St. Louis JV) is opening its first phase of newly constructed stores since it became Lambert’s master news, gifts and specialty retail concessionaire on February 1.

The first wave of openings includes five stores that have just opened at Lambert. The first flagship Hudson travel convenience store (news, magazines, books, snacks, technology) is located in Terminal 1 on the C Concourse near gate C18.  The new Bliss store featuring lotions and spa products also located in the C Concourse near gate C15.

In Terminal 2, the new Discover St. Louis store is open near gate E18.  The boutique features souvenirs and mementos from all the leading cultural institutions in the city, including all the attractions at the Jefferson National Parks (including The Gateway Arch), Peabody Opera, St. Louis Art Museum, as well as entertainment attractions like the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Blues, and Washington University of St. Louis. Also in Terminal 2, a new Spectacles, featuring the latest eyewear from across the globe, is open near gate E12. Kids Works, featuring educational and travel toys and games is open near gate E22.   

A sixth store, another Spectacles in the C Concourse, will open next week to round out the first phase of Hudson’s store openings at Lambert.  Hudson Group has been operating out of existing retail locations or temporary kiosks to serve customers through this initial phase of store construction.

“The Hudson Group has done a tremendous job in the last two months working on the transition to all new stores, stocking new and must-have items while maintaining top level customer service,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “This is Lambert’s biggest retail makeover in two decades and our customers will have a whole new shopping experience with new brands and product offerings.”

Hudson and its business partners will operate 14 retail locations once it completes its build-out of stores. Additional news & gift and specialty stores will open in phases as construction continues through early summer. The full lineup of stores also includes Eddie Bauer, Ebony News, CNN Newsstand St. Louis and other Hudson news & gift locations.