Microsoft opening Bellevue store on November 18

Microsoft has set an opening date of November 18 for its latest retail store, due to open in Bellevue Square next month.

The store is a fifteen minute drive from Microsoft's headquarters and company campus at Redmond, Washington. This is the software giant's fifth retail store, due to open two weeks after the highly anticipated Xbox Kinect launch. Windows Phone 7 will also go on sale on November 8, shortly before the store opening. Prior to the launch, Microsoft plans to donate up to $1,000,000 in software grant donations to two local organizations. The free software will go to First Robotics, focused on science and technology to inspire students, and Study Zone, an after school program where students receieve free computer training.

The new store will join the fourth Microsoft store, launched in San Diego. Microsoft also has the two stores located in Scottsdale, Arizona and Mission Viejo, California, and a third store in Park Meadows Mall - Lone Tree, Colorado. Microsoft is also planning to open two new stores in Chicago and Minneapolis, although opening dates have not yet been set. Microsoft stores are well known for being placed nearby or across from Apple's stores. The company is also planning a mega-sized store in the Mall of America later this year which is the biggest yet. The store will be placed directly opposite an Apple store.

The Microsoft Stores offer all of the Microsoft products found through online retailers and inside major retail chains, including keyboards and mice, Windows 7, Xbox 360 and many more products. Apple currently has 222 stores in the United States alone, and 287 total stores worldwide, including 27 in the UK and 14 in Canada.

Image Credit: Ryan Rea (@volvoshine)

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Linux is dead... at least on the desktop

Next Story

HP announces Palm Pre 2, WebOS 2.0

16 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

Good for them. The stores are a great way for folks to get a closeup to Kinect, games, Surface, Zune and other consumer stuff from MS.

Now if they'd only open them faster. lol

COKid said,
Just wondering, is a news article posted on Neowin every time a new Apple store is opened?

No. What would be the point? Microsoft doesn't have many retail outlets yet, so it's more news-worthy just to see how well Microsoft is doing with it. There's already many Apple stores, and a new one isn't that interesting unless it reaches a numerical milestone.

Hopefully they can get some stores opened up in NYC and Philadelphia, maybe they'll gradually make their way out to the suburbs too?

I hope their decision not to have opened a store yet in Metro DC has nothing do with being next to Apple. Waiting for a space near an Apple store could take years especially in Georgetown. They need to forego this stupid tactic and just open stores in high traffic areas.

NPGMBR said,
I hope their decision not to have opened a store yet in Metro DC has nothing do with being next to Apple. Waiting for a space near an Apple store could take years especially in Georgetown. They need to forego this stupid tactic and just open stores in high traffic areas.

I've been saying this. In some areas they will never open a store next an Apple store because the space will not become available. Take all 4 of Apple's Manhattan stores. You're not going to see a Microsoft store near them. The same can be said in most locations where Apple has their flagship stores. But Apple has places stores in certain places for a reason (wealthy demographic, high volume traffic, close to other luxury brands) and I think Microsoft would be foolish not to learn from that. I don't think these stores are the answer for Microsoft though. Microsoft doesn't control the release of all the products in those stores. Xbox, Kinect, and maybe even WP7 are under their control but when was the last time people flocked to Best Buy to see the latest Dell or HP the day after it was announced. Every product Apple unveils or updates gets a large crowd the next day. I just don't see enough buzz around the (3rd party) products in those stores.

asdavis10 said,

snip

those store are there not for making money in the first place. Microsoft stores are for educating people and showcasing the Windows/Xbox/Windows Phone/Zune ecosystem.

Looks how they are showcasing Kinect in the handful of stores that they have available. They could not do this at Best Buy or Walmart.

asdavis10 said,
In some areas they will never open a store next an Apple store because the space will not become available.
Exactly. They should just open stores in prime areas and locations, and stop worrying about being in front of an Apple store. I don't care if you're on the other side of the mall, Microsoft. I'd still want to visit.