Noted | Eason adds Hughes & Hughes outlets to chain – Retail News | Service Industry News | The Irish Times – Wed, Apr 24, 2013

The sad decline of Hughes & hughes as an independent chain has reached something of an odd end with the news that three of its four stores will become Eason fanchise stores:

Eason has reached agreement with Hughes & Hughes for its stores in St Stephen’s Green, Santry and Ennis to transfer and operate as Eason franchises from May 2013.

Franchise stores will also open this year in Mallow, Shannon and Killarney. These are expected to create about 35 new jobs. Mr Hughes said becoming an Eason franchisee “makes sense” for the business “given the decline in the overall book market and the threat from online”

via Eason adds Hughes & Hughes outlets to chain – Retail News | Service Industry News | The Irish Times – Wed, Apr 24, 2013.

In many ways the news is good news  if the alternative is bookstores closing and people losing their jobs.