The UK’s biggest video rental chain Blockbuster Video is piloting three in-store cyber cafÃ©s.
Multimedia and point-of-sale specialist BCG Communications has worked on the interiors.
The Internet B@r sites in Bayswater, Putney and Canterbury, offer Internet access, multimedia kiosks, and interactive video gaming.
Mike Keefe, operations director at Blockbuster, says the aim of the Internet B@r design is to offer Internet access in a “non-technical and friendly environment”.
He will not confirm exactly how many cyber cafÃ© sites are intended, but confirms that the cyber cafÃ© brand could be rolled out to “several scores” of Blockbuster stores.
Meanwhile, BDG McColl is working on the design of a cyber cafÃ© site within the bookseller Waterstone’s “superstore” site in Glasgow, due to open in September. The Waterstone’s cyber cafÃ© is a joint venture with London-based CafÃ© Internet.