Lots of future Microsoft Store locations in U.S. revealed on careers site

Microsoft currently has 83 large and specialty retail stores open in the U.S and Canada and has announced plans to open four more locations in the near future. However, a quick look at the company's career page shows that it is hiring for store managers in a number of previously unannounced locations, including some states in the U.S. that have never had a Microsoft Store.

One listing shows an opening for a store manager in Knoxville, Tennessee, while another shows Microsoft is hiring for a similar position in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This would be the first locations for Microsoft Stores in both states.

In addition, the careers page shows store manager and other retail positions are open in other U.S. locations that don't currently have a Microsoft Store. They include Lexington, Kentucky, Tucson, Arizona, Boise, Idaho, Des Moines, Iowa, Columbia, Maryland, Omaha, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Thousand Oaks, California, Brea, California, and Alpharetta, Georgia.

Microsoft still has not announced any concrete plans to open stores outside of North America. In 2013, the company did reveal general plans to open a series of stores in China but since then there has been no updates on those preparations.

Source: Microsoft Careers site | Image via Microsoft

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In Vancouver, I've passed by the location at Metrotown Mall and it is terrible. I'll try and get some screenshots of it, but its completely dead, with the Microsoft employees playing Forza themselves on the giant screen. I'm wondering has anyone had a different experience?

suprNOVA said,
In Vancouver, I've passed by the location at Metrotown Mall and it is terrible. I'll try and get some screenshots of it, but its completely dead, with the Microsoft employees playing Forza themselves on the giant screen. I'm wondering has anyone had a different experience?

The only one up here in MN is at the Mall of America, it usually seems fairly busy when I have walked by it, or needed to go in, not as busy as the apple store though usually.

I've seen a store coming soon instead of a Microsoft booth in Aventura Mall, Florida. They don't know when it will open though.

I don't know about everyone else's experience, but with malls that contain both a Microsoft Store and an Apple Store, the latter always has way more people in it checking out the products. This is surprising because Microsoft has far more computers and devices with different designs than Apple and they also have big Xbox demo area. Why Apple is always packed and Microsoft is not baffles me.

Perhaps Microsoft should start offering food or something. (lol)

It's simply because people are a bit stupid and think Apple are cooler. Hopefully the more of these stores that open the more people will try MS products again and realise they are as good and frequently better than those of Apple. They should probably push the Xbox front and centre so more people go in to play games or watch videos (should have cinema experiences or something).

What about Quebec City or Montreal, Canada ? The 7th and 2nd largest metropolitan area in Canada ...

Anyway it's not like i expect support from Microsoft these days ...

The best is the message the Store Locator is returning "We're certain it's a nice town, but at the moment there are no Microsoft Stores near you." Come on it's not like i'm living in a village. While Quebec City is nothing to write home about it's still one of the 10 biggest place in Canada. There should be a store close. Not having a store in Montreal is even more laughable. Montreal is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the whole North America ...

Edited by LaP, Mar 18 2014, 2:04pm :

Montreal will probably get one soon too. They are opening stores more frequently now. Mall real estate and research to see where customer demand will be also plays a factor. Just be patient

honestly i was just as glad as you were about the Microsoft stores opening up in my location, and i sincerely hope they are a success, because it doesnt seem that way so far.

Whats the advantage of a MS Store now a days? Other than getting things the day you want them maybe?

I shop more and more online and have it shipped to me. Maybe its because I live in a small area that doesnt have any big/cool stores near me.

I don't like to wait when once I've saved up to buy a gadget I want, I much prefer to go out and buy it right away rather than wait to have it shipped to me. Plus I always seem to miss the UPS/Purolator/Fed Ex/Canada Post delivery people and getting to their depots to pick up my parcels can be a bit of a pain, especially for Purolator and Fed Ex in my area. I will most often buy software online though, unless I can get a better deal in store.

gb8080 said,
There is a world outside the US. MS has ignored it for so long that it seems deliberately rude.
Apple has 3 stores in London alone and many others in UK (see http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/storelist/ ) as well as the rest of the world. If MS wants to emulate Apple's success why is it not even trying?

Microsoft isn't opening stores at the same rate Apple did anywhere. The first UK store was opened 3.5 years in; while Microsoft Stores have been around 4 years there are not as many of them in the US yet as Apple had at that point.

Also, the source is a US careers site, so I think we can't infer too much about it means internationally.

It took Apple YEARS to spread internationally, so it will be the same for Microsoft. With retail stores, it's more difficult to see if it's worth the investment, and there's lots of legalities that go along with it. They are expanding though, they're already dominating the US, and spreading fast in Canada now too, and the stores are usually packed. Mall real estate also plays a big part too. They are already planning to expand to China and Europe, so slowly but surely we'll see lots more overseas stores

gb8080 said,
There is a world outside the US. MS has ignored it for so long that it seems deliberately rude.
Apple has 3 stores in London alone and many others in UK (see http://www.apple.com/uk/retail/storelist/ ) as well as the rest of the world. If MS wants to emulate Apple's success why is it not even trying?

There are other parts of their globalization scheme to get more annoyed with than this. I live in the US and I'm not within 100 miles of a store. I live 60 miles from the capital of my state and there's not one there. So its not like they're putting them everywhere in the U.S. and nowhere else.

nowimnothing said,

I live in the US and I'm not within 100 miles of a store. I live 60 miles from the capital of my state and there's not one there. So its not like they're putting them everywhere in the U.S. and nowhere else.

People who live in Europe (or anywhere other than N America) are not within THOUSANDS of miles of an MS store. Apple, on the other hand, is readily accessible.
Sorry that you're inconvenienced, but my point was indeed precisely that they're putting them in US/Canada and nowhere else.

Thewindows8user said,


It is. Look carefully at the punctuation.

The punctuation is wrong. Semicolons should be used when items in the list have an internal comma. i.e.

"They include Lexington, Kentucky; Tucson, Arizona; Boise, Idaho; Des Moines, Iowa; Columbia, Maryland; Omaha, Nebraska; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Thousand Oaks, California; Brea, California; and Alpharetta, Georgia."