Barnes & Noble has struggled for years, searching for creative ways to keep customers at its stores as they defect to buy books online at places such as Amazon. In the most recent quarter, in-store traffic shrank (paywall) by 3.2%. The chain has also been grappling with rising debt.

The new restaurant concept has already hit a speed bump. After less than six months, the person tapped to lead and develop its fledgling restaurant group, Jaime Carey, is resigning effective Feb. 10, 2017.

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