WH Smith North America (WHSNA) has opened three specialty retail concepts at Denver International Airport (DEN)

Market 5280 and WH Smith are now open at Denver International Airport’s A Gates, and River North News is now open at the B Gates.

According to WHSNA, Market 5280 is a contemporary take on the traditional newsstand, offering a variety of newsstand products, travel essentials, local goods, snacks and drinks, as well as an assortment of Denver-themed clothes for adults and children, licensed sports apparel, drinkware, souvenirs, accessories and other gifts. Inspired by the connectivity of the Highland Bridge to the Lower Highlands and Downtown through Union Station, this abstract concept reinforces a sense of connectivity, diversity and exploration, the company said.

River North News, designed to emulate the RiNo arts district in Denver has been designed to bring an urban, energetic vibrancy to travel retail. A custom commissioned street art mural, designed by RiNo artist Jason Graves, features prominently on the store front. Graves has also designed interior signage and shopping bags for the store. River North News also offers an assortment of Denver-themed apparel, drinkware and souvenirs.

The new branch of WH Smith
The new branch of WH Smith Blu Hartkopp

WH Smith is a one-stop shop for books, magazines, gourmet snacks, refreshments and travel essentials while on the go.

All three stores will offer both cold and fresh grab-and-go options from Olive and Finch, a local eatery collective.

These concepts are operated in collaboration with WH Smith North America’s ACDBE (Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) partners Huy Pham with Innovative Retail Concepts, and Ray Mickens with M2 Concepts.

“We are so proud of the effort our team has demonstrated to develop these concepts and would like to give special thanks to our ACDBE and airport partners for their help bringing these projects to life,” said Toby Keir, CEO of WH Smith North America. “We had an incredible year of growth in 2023, and the openings at Denver International Airport have been the perfect way to kick off another successful year.” 

With these three openings, WH Smith North America now operates a total of 13 retail, convenience and technology stores at DEN including Arts District Market, Flight Stop, Larimer Street Market, five InMotion locations and more.


The new outlets are at DEN’s A and B Gates
The new outlets are at DEN’s A and B Gates Blu Hartkopp