Paradies Lagardère has announced the closing of its acquisition of Hojeij Branded Foods (HBF), airport dining operator, making Paradies the third-largest operator in the country’s travel retail and restaurant industry.

When the acquisition was first announced in August, then-CEO of HBF, Regynald Washington, said, “Combining the forces of HBF and Paradies Lagardère is a natural fit, as both companies are recognized for operational expertise, top-notch guest service, and a strong commitment to employees.”

The two companies’ existing operations will be combined under the new Dining Division of Paradies Lagardère. The integration of the two food and beverage operations will begin immediately, with Regynald Washington helming the newest department at Paradies Lagardère.