Barnes & Noble to expand in-store boutique to 25
New York City — Barnes & Noble Inc. said Monday that it plans to expand an in-store pilot boutique from its current 10 units to 25.
The 200-sq.-ft. Penguin store-in-stores sell Penguin book titles and merchandise; the Penguin banner is owned by Pearson PLC.
“The sales have been incremental rather than cannibalizing Penguin sales elsewhere in the store because it’s a different experience,” John Makinson, CEO of Pearson PLC’s Penguin Group, told the Wall Street Journal.
CSA Columnist: High gas prices + warm weather = low sales?
New York City — The latest column released by Chain Store Age contributor Jeff Green suggests that increases at the gas pump and a warmer-than-average winter could dampen consumer confidence and negatively impact sales.
Click here to read this week’s Retail Rap by Jeff Green.
Dunkin’ Donuts announces nine new restaurants in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.
Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts announced Monday the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with QSR Services for nine new restaurants in Omaha and Lincoln, Neb.
The first restaurant is planned to open in 2013, and the remainder by 2017.
"We are excited to expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence in Omaha and Lincoln and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here," said Bryce Bares, president, QSR Services.