According to Fortune magazine, four Barnes & Noble "concept stores" offering that opportunity are set to open some time during 2017:
The company's Nook business has been a drain on its profits and growth strategy almost since the beginning. That has not stopped B&N, however, from straying farther and farther from its core business of selling...you know...books ever since. As regular customers of B&N know from their own eyes, less and less floorspace is devoted to books all the time - and more and more to things like puzzles, superhero figurines, vinyl record albums, and the infamous Nook.
Will this latest decision help? Only time will tell, but it looks like Barnes & Noble is already preparing to move the concept well beyond the initial four locations if it does. I noticed that one of my two local B&N stores (in The Woodlands, Texas) applied for a liquor license about 90 days ago, for instance.
Bookstores sure aren't what they used to be, are they?