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JWA officials consider news, gift concession leases

The Airport Commission tonight will consider deals with The Hudson Group and Paradies.

By OC METRO staffPublished: January 05, 2011 12:59 PM

The Orange County Airport Commission tonight will consider approving deals with The Hudson Group and Paradies to operate news and gift concessions at John Wayne Airport as part of the destination's multimillion-dollar expansion.

The first matter up for consideration is a news and gift concession lease with The Hudson Group for Terminals A and C. The group proposes to operate a Hudson News stand and main store. The latter would carry Orange County-centric items and portable electronics, among other products.

Hudson also is proposing CNN Newsstands in stores located before security in Terminal A and within Terminal C. In addition, the group plans to feature a Rip Curl Surf Shop and Sunglass Hut at a specialty retail location in Terminal A.

Meanwhile, through a separate lease, Paradies would operate news and gift concessions in Terminals B and C. Under its proposal, Paradies plans to operate a South Coast News store in Terminal B, as well as an O.C. TravelMart located before the security checkpoint in Terminal C. The concept would feature Diedrich Coffee, prepackaged foods and plasma displays with CNBC news. And a Terminal B pre-security shop and Terminal C news wall would be themed CNBC Express.

Paradies' plan also includes a Beachfront News – complete with six surf cameras – and Blackberry store for the location within Terminal C.

The commission will consider the matters at 5 p.m. The measures will then head to the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 11 for consideration.

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