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5 reasons Amazon is experimenting with physical stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Is the online giant of retail also looking to conquer physical stores? Amazon has been dabbling in physical retail since 2015, during which time it’s opened a half-dozen bookstores that double as gadget emporia, a score of campus bookstores that don’t sell books and a convenience …

No dump here: Posh public bathroom pops up, with music, art

NEW YORK (AP) — In a park amid skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000, complete with freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. The free-of-charge, air-conditioned splendor, inspired by visits to the city’s priciest hotels, is open to everyone. More than …

What do Panera and Krispy Kreme have in common?

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Panera is being acquired by Europe’s JAB Holding Co. for more than $7 billion, the second largest restaurant deal made in North America in at least decades. Americans are likely more familiar with JAB than they know. The Luxembourg investment fund has controlling interests in Peet’s …

WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS | The Big Story

Best-Selling Books Week Ended January 22nd. FICTION 1. “Never Never” by James Patterson and Candice Fox (Little, Brown)   2. “Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 3. “Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney (Amulet) 4. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One …