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USA Today ventures into retail


MCLEAN, Va. USA Today, the nation's top-selling newspaper, announced that it will open three USA Today Travel Zone retail locations in the new North Terminal of the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on Sept. 17. These stores are the first retail operations to be opened by the newspaper brand. An additional store is set to open at LaGuardia Airport in late 2008, with two stores opening in Indianapolis International Airport in November.

As a full service store USA TodayTravel Zone will carry all products travelers expect to find, including reading materials, sundries, travel accessories and other convenience items. One location in Detroit will include a Caribou Coffee stand with grab-and-go snacks and coffee drinks.

"USA Today is synonymous with travel and convenience," said Christy Hartsell, director of brand licensing for USA Today. "USA Today Travel Zone stores create a new opportunity for travelers to get the news and information they need when away from home."

The Travel Zone stores have been developed by and will be operated by HDS Retail under a licensing agreement. HDS Retail is the world's largest travel retailer with over 4,000 stores in 18 countries.

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