Google to open its own retail stores this year?

18 Feb 2013

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Move over Apple stores, Google stores are on the way, and just in time for Christmas shopping. Maybe.

If a report by 9to5Google is to be believed, the internet search giant has plans to open retail stores in major US metropolitan areas in time for the holiday shopping season.

Bosses at Google have apparently decided that retail stores will be required to attract customers, especially when Google Glass launches.

Google Glass are those eyeglasses with smartphone-like capabilities and Google reasons that the average consumer – as opposed to hard-core techies – will need to try them on first.

Besides Google Glass, a Google shop would stock Chrome computers, Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, and maybe even the merchanise that is now available on the Google Online Store.

Google could not be reached to comment on the shop talk, The LA Times reported.

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Tina held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto

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