Barneys opened its new interactive floor cafe, genes @ CO-OP, where shoppers can grab a meal while checking out what’s new and of note at Barneys on a digitized tabletop. The restaurant has room for just 30 diners, each of whom are spread across a communal table with a glass top under which there are 30 computer screens allowing diners to digitally order off the menu and scroll through Barneys’ digital content.
Mark Lee, Barneys newest CEO explains the goal behind the rennovations:
You don’t need to leave your house to shop in today’s world. So if you’re going to go out and spend time in a physical store, the experience of that — the entertainment aspect, the social aspect, shopping with your friend or significant other of the same or opposite sex — is all part of the experience. It just enhances the opportunity.