Retail Rebirth [Media Play News]

Retail Rebirth [Media Play News]

BY THOMAS K. ARNOLD

June 17, 2024 | Bill Castle is something of an outlier. As director of music and video at Barnes & Noble, a bookstore chain with more than 600 mega stores around the country, he’s not about to give up on physical media.

So while other retailers are cutting back on their DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD footprints, or even getting out of the disc business entirely, he’s doubling down on what he believes is still a very viable, and profitable, business.

A year ago, in June 2023, Barnes & Noble began expanding its inventory of Criterion Collection product in select stares to Include every Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD title still in print.

Then, in February, the New York-based bookseller announced it is rolling out branded Disney sections in most of its stores, with a greater assortment of the studios titles. In addition, Castle says, the chain is bringing in more catalog titles to give customers a broader selection “than just the top new physical releases.”

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