B&N Education’s New Cosmetics Dept Is the Death Knell for the College Bookstore
Over the past five years B&N has been replacing more and more of the books in its retail stores with pasta, 3d printers, alcohol, and other merchandise. It's gotten to the point where I'm not sure if you can call B&N a bookstore chain any longer, and now the college bookstores run by B&N Education are heading down the same path.
Spun off from B&N last year,B&N Education runs about 700 college bookstores, and now two retail stores. It announced today that it has ripped out part of two stores and replaced the books with a new cosmetics department. It's calling its on-campus beauty concept The Glossary, and describes it as a "distinct store within select Barnes & Noble College bookstores."