InterGlobe, Dufry International to launch 48 Hudson News Cafe outlets in India
11 Nov 2011

InterGlobe Enterprises has tied up with Switzerland-based Dufry International AG to establish and operate retail outlets under the brand Hudson News Cafe at various transportation nodes like airports, metro and train stations in India.

InterGlobe Retail, a wholly-owned subsidiary of travel and aviation service provider InterGlobe Enterprises, and Swiss retail chain Dufry International AG have signed an agreement to this effect, the companies said in a joint statement.

According to a press release, as part of the country’s first set of Hudson News Cafes, 48 retail outlets would be rolled out across all six existing lines of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The outlets would offer reading materials, snacks, bottled beverages, health and beauty aids and other travel convenience items to daily commuters.

A joint InterGlobe Retail and Dufry team will work with DMRC to develop around 2,000 square meters of retail space throughout the DMRC network over the next six months.

“We are delighted to associate with Dufry and DMRC to roll out the country’s first set of Hudson News Cafes across Delhi metro stations. With Dufry’s global experience and extensive travel retail expertise, coupled with DMRC, the travel lifeline of Delhi, we are looking forward to redefine the travel retail experience for metro commuters,” Siddhanta Sharma, Director, InterGlobe Retail said.

“Over the next few years, we will jointly expand our retail footprint nationally across major travel/transit points in the country,” Sharma added.

Commenting on the partnership, Julian Diaz, CEO, Dufry International AG said, “Together with InterGlobe, we are looking forward to redefining convenience travel retailing in India, starting with Delhi, as we deliver a truly unique shopping environment at the metro stations.”

[Source: Reuters]