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Updated: June 27, 2016

Barnes and Noble to open restaurants, serve alcohol

OVERLAND PARK, KS - OCTOBER 30: Days Of Our Lives fans photographed during the Days Days Of Our Lives book signing at the Oak Park Barnes And Noble on October 30, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for Corday Productions)
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OVERLAND PARK, KS - OCTOBER 30: Days Of Our Lives fans photographed during the Days Days Of Our Lives book signing at the Oak Park Barnes And Noble on October 30, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for Corday Productions)

By Ben Lawson

Barnes & Noble is merging books and booze to save its book business.

The bookseller is opening four concept stores around the U.S. that will feature full restaurants that sell beer and wine.

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Barnes & Noble already has Starbucks cafes in most of its bookstores, but the new restaurants will feature breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, and a server will take your order.

The first store will open in Eastchester, New York, in October. The three other stores will be in Edina, Minnesota; Folsom, California; and Loudoun County, Virginia, Fortune reported.

The head of the project said it was about creating "a better bookstore" that drives traffic to the store and keeps people there longer.

The company has faced slumping sales recently thanks to people turning to online retailers, like Amazon, to buy books. Its sales fell .8 percent last quarter.

The company's Nook devices and e-book business aren't performing well either. Nook's market share is at 9 percent after it held 27 percent in 2011.

This video includes clips from StarbucksAmazon and Barnes & Noble, and images from Getty Images.

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