The Bottled Water Battle at LAX

Photo via Flickr user nexeus_fatale

Photo via Flickr user nexeus_fatale

The upscale boutique chain Kitson has accused the New Jersey-based Hudson Group—which operates everything from those ubiquitous Hudson News airport kiosks to food court outposts and duty-free shops, as well as two Kitson stores at LAX—of gouging fliers for bottles of water.

According to the LA Times, the dispute began when Hudson reportedly balked at pricing one-liter bottles of SmartWater an above-market $2.55 per liter—demanding that Kitson charge $5 instead. Kitson has claimed that Hudson wants to maintain a monopoly on water pricing, because its newsstands charge upwards of $5 for water themselves.

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