Travelers flying in and out of
That warning comes from Kitson itself. The L.A.-based boutique that sells novelty souvenirs is in a dispute with Hudson Group, the New Jersey-based company that operates dozens of airport stores, including the Kitson stores at LAX.
Kitson is trying to get out of the licensing contract that lets Hudson sell its merchandise at the airport, claiming that Hudson has overpriced some items and put new wrappers on expired See's candy so it can be sold with new expiration dates.
A Hudson representative disputed the charges of selling expired candy and said the prices of three items that were slightly overpriced have been lowered.
Kitson spokeswoman Courtney Saavedra said Hudson's actions are ruining Kitson's reputation.
"We've worked for 15 years to develop a brand of which we are very, very proud, and we represent Los Angeles," she said.
Saavedra said Kitson has tried to talk about the problem with airport officials and Mayor
Garcetti's office said the mayor is not getting in the middle of the dispute.