We all know Barnes & Noble, one of our last-standing big-box book stores, isn’t doing so hot.
What we didn’t know until recently is that B&N big shots are hoping to combat imminent closure with — believe it or not — alcohol!
Says Phil Waba at Fortune:
The bookstore chain said at an investor conference on Thursday that it would open four concept stores in fiscal 2017 that will feature bars offering wine and beer, along with better food, in cafés twice the size of its usual food spots, its latest effort to rejuvenate its business.
The first store will open in Eastchester, N.Y., about 30 miles north of New York City, in October and have amenities like a fire pit and bocce court. The three other stores will be in the Galleria Edina in Edina, Minn.; the Palladio at Broadstone mall in Folsom, Calif.; and One Loudoun, a mixed-use community in Loudoun County, Va.
Looks like our closest place to imbibe and book-buy will be Galleria Edina. Not up for the Minnesota road trip? Central Book Club Too will be meeting tonight at Flannery’s Pub for discussion and drinks, 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Best of luck, B&N, and thanks to Melville House for the heads-up.