1852

Opening of the first railway station bookstore in Paris, Gare de Lyon.

1913/15

Establishment of press distribution activities in Belgium (AMP) and in Spain (SGEL).

1968

Foundation of LMPI (Canada).

1986

Acquisition of Curtis Circulation Company (USA).

1990

Acquisition of Payot Naville Distribution (Switzerland).

1990

Acquisition of Eastern Lobby Shop (USA).

1995

Acquisition of UCS (Canada) to become HDS Retail North America.

1998

Acquisition of Lapker in Hungary after privatization.

1999

Development of retail operations in Germany, Poland and Czech Republic.

2000

International launch of Relay, the leading international brand in Travel Retail.

2001

Acquisition of DFA/Saresco and creation of Aelia by merger with Aeroboutique.

2001

Acquisition of NewsLink (Australia and Singapore).

2003

Creation of SDA, a partnership between Aelia and Aéroports de Paris.

2004

Launch of Aelia Duty Free operations in the UK (Belfast - Luton).

2004

Creation of HDS Inmedio (Romania).

2004

Acquisition of WH Smith Travel Businesses in Singapore.

2005

Acquisition of WH Smith Travel Businesses in Hong Kong and Australia.

2006

Creation of HDS Digital, the first digital press kiosk targeting the Internet generation.

2007

Opening of the first Relay stores in Taiwan and in mainland China.

2007

Launch of Aelia Duty Free operations in Poland (Cracow opened and Warsaw).

2008

Creation of Lagardère Services Bulgaria.

2008

Acquisition by HDS RNA of a majority interest in DELSTAR companies, Inc. (Pueblo Spirit, Arizona Highways, the Phoenix, etc.).

2008

Acquisition by Lagardère Services Asia Pacific of a majority interest in The Purely Group, operator of the “Purely Merino” and “Purely Australian” chain stores.

2010

Creation of Aelia Czech Republic, a joint-venture between Aelia and HDS Retail Czech Republic in Czech Republic.

2011

Change in the Group’s organization. 4 divisions are created: LS distribution, LS travel retail EMEA, LS travel retail ASPAC and LS travel retail NORTH AMERICA.

2011

Full acquisition of The Purely Group by LS travel retail PACIFIC.

2011

Acquisition of the Whitcoulls bookstores in New Zealand airports by LS travel retail PACIFIC.

2011

Acquisition of the Coffeeheaven chain in Czech Republic by HDS Retail Czech Republic.

2011

Partnership between the FNAC brand and Lagardère Services to develop a network of stores in the transportation areas.

2011

Acquisition by LS distribution NORTH AMERICA of Euro-Excellence, importer and distributor of gourmet food in Canada.

2012

Acquisition of Unimex’s Duty Free operations at Ruzyne international airport in Prague.

2012

Acquisition of AdR Retail, the operator of the Duty Free/Duty Paid concessions in Fiumicino and Ciampino airports in Rome.

2012

Partnership between LS travel retail and Travel Food Services in India in order to develop a Duty Free offer.

2012

SGEL acquires Celeritas, a company specialised in logistics and transport for e-commerce in Spain.

2013

Acquisition by LS travel retail DEUTSCHLAND of Coffee Fellows’ coffee shops located in travel areas throughout Germany.

2013

LS distribution NORTH AMERICA acquires Crossings fine foods, a company importing anf distributing gourmet products in the USA.

2013

Lapker takes over Sprinter Courier Service Ldt., a company specialised in parcel forwarding services.

2013

LS distribution BENELUX acquires Burnonville Distribution, a distributor of non-food products in Belgium and Luxembourg.

2013

LS travel retail acquires Charles F. Gerzon B.V which operates fashion travel retail in Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.

2013

Relay France wins major Travel Essentials call for tender in the French railway network (over 300 POS).

2014

Creation of a business partnership between SAVE and Lagardère Services concerning Airest S.p.A., a subsidiary of SAVE operating in Food&Beverage and Travel Retail business since 2001.

2014

LS travel retail enters Iceland by winning the Food tender at Keflavik International airport.Creation of the local entity: Lagardère Travel Retail (ehf.).

2015

Lagardère Services becomes Lagardère Travel Retail.

2015

Acquisition of Paradies, an airport travel retail leader in North America.

2015

Development in the Middle East : Duty Free contract awarded in Abu Dhabi Airport.

2016

Foodservice contract awarded in Abu Dhabi Airport. Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah Duty Free contracts awarded.

2016

Lagardère Travel Retail acquires the activities of Inflight Service Group (IFS) in Poland and Estonia.

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