The Awl"> clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Product Categories That Have Gotten So Huge They Need Their Own Sections in Stores: Teen Romance Books and Frozen Groceries Edition

Image via <a href="http://www.theawl.com/2010/12/how-barnes-noble-will-survive">The Awl</a>
Image via The Awl

Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.

Today in surprising new retail developments: in-trouble book chain Barnes & Noble has sectioned off a new area just for "Teen Paranormal Romance" novels and Keli's supermarket has created an aisle entirely dedicated to the pursuit of Hot Pockets. To be honest, we're a little concerned about what the rapid growth in these two product categories says about society at large. Have you noticed any weird new product categories exploding all over your local branch of xyz chain store? Let us know. Better yet, send us a photo.

· How Barnes & Noble will survive [The Awl]
· Hot Pockets is now its own food group [Consumerist]