The next 13 Microsoft Store locations to open have been revealed

Microsoft has been rolling out retail stores across the United States for several years now. With a new CEO as the head of the company and significant changes to the company's strategy, Satya Nadella could have put the axe to the retail locations. But it doesn't appear so: Thanks to job postings, the next 13 locations in the US have been revealed, and will be opening up in the near future.

Retail stores are Microsoft's way of connecting directly with the consumer. Since they have complete control over the entire experience, unlike their store-in-a-store Best Buy locations, they can provide a unique shopping environment. The list does include two stores in Canada, but so far Microsoft has been quiet about when or if Microsoft stores will open up in other parts of the world.

The 13 upcoming stores are as listed below:

  • Chinook Centre in Calgary, AB Canada
  • The Streets at Southpoint in Durham, NC
  • Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park, CA (opens September 21st)
  • Baybrook Mall in Friendswood, TX
  • SouthPark in Charlotte, NC
  • Destiny USA in Syracuse, NY
  • NorthPark Center in Dallas, TX
  • Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, AZ
  • Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, LA
  • Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, MD
  • Los Cerritos Center in Cerritos, CA
  • Toronto Eaton Centre in Toronto, ON Canada
  • Woodland Hills Mall, Tulsa, OK

Microsoft did not provide any timeline on when these stores will open, but we can expect them to open up in the next few months. Additionally, every time Microsoft has opened a new store, they have thrown a huge party to celebrate, typically including a free concert with a well known artist.

Now that Microsoft is fully invested into hardware with the Surface and now mobile phones, these stores will serve as a critical component to educating consumers and allowing them to get hands-on time with the devices.

Via: Winbeta | Image Credit: Microsoft

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I heard that Microsoft is curtailing on stores. I would advise against it. Stores are the only place where you know beforehand how your product will be presented to the masses. BestBuy will remain WorstBuy.

Come on Microsoft ! Still no Montreal store !

Looks like the competition from Apple stores is too much to handle in Montreal

Apple has already three, yes you are reading right 3 Apple Stores in the Greater Montreal, ie: Montreal downtown, Laval (North Shore, recently move to a bigger location) and Brossard (South Shore).
What is Microsoft waiting for to open a Microsoft Store in the 2nd largest city in Canada ?

Yet one of largest of its size in the US being built right now (880,000-square-foot mall) gets shafted for a Microsoft Store here in Sarasota, FL. There's a Microsoft Store in Orlando FL, and its share of kiosks. But, I would have expected to see a Microsoft Store come here. That doesn't go without mentioning that here in Sarasota, FL the "2017 World Rowing Championships" will be hosted right next to said mall.

Come on Microsoft, I'll calling you out!

Nooo... we get a Apple Store... "Local retail sources confirmed that Apple is poised to open inside the $315 million Mall at University Town Center, an 880,000-square-foot project..."

When the hell are they going to realise they are making ground on iDrone in Australia and Europe. So wouldn't it be a good idea to open some stores in these markets with some great specials on offer. They may as well be rolling out Mercedes and BMW stores in Germany.

Over 50 per cent of our tax dollars pay for health care, and almost half our income goes to the tax man, so yeah, we pay for it in Canada.

Are Microsoft stores generating any net income or are they a drain on the bottom line?
I wouldn't be surprised if Nadella dialled back on further MS Store openings, if reports can be believed he was against the Nokia acquisition.

Last week I visited the Apple store in HuaMao, Beijing. I have a Surface Pro and a Nokia Lumia phone and I was struck immediately by the difference in Apple products - phone, iPads and Macs. They just sit there with their unmoving rows and columns of icons and don't do anything. Compared to Windows, Macs, iPads and iPhones are just plain boring - to look at and to use. The difference is striking. I can't wait to see how Apple "innovates" live tiles/screens.

minster11 said,
I noticed that buying a mac or iPad is like buying a Mercedes, Porsche, or Audi. They are very stylish, thin and pretty.


But unlike a Mercedes, Porsche, or Audi, once you get behind a mac or ipad, you get bored and fall asleep.

minster11 said,
I noticed that buying a mac or iPad is like buying a Mercedes, Porsche, or Audi. They are very stylish, thin and pretty.


And usually some Dick driving them.

Gergel7077 said,

But unlike a Mercedes, Porsche, or Audi, once you get behind a mac or ipad, you get bored and fall asleep.

Because plain single color squares are not boring?

My dad and I went to Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park, CA last Monday and saw Microsoft store is under construction next to Apple Store. Mall security guy said Microsoft store is open on 9/21. There is special event party before 9/21. He is not sure about it.

That would mean Microsoft admitting there's a world outside of North American borders. What do you reckon the chances of that are?

The one in Calgary has been under construction for a few months. Kind of surprised it isn't opened already.

We need more in NorCal :(
There are 2-3 local Apple Stores, but there is a Store within a Store (Best Buy), however it does NOT have the great customer service the the Microsoft Store has.

ians18 said,
We need more in NorCal :(
There are 2-3 local Apple Stores, but there is a Store within a Store (Best Buy), however it does NOT have the great customer service the the Microsoft Store has.
Yesss ty! There are 4 Microsoft stores in the bay area and a single one in all of the central valley. Like Sacramento has one, the very top of the valley. The entire central valley has over 6 million people, and the Sacramento location can only cater to about 1 million. At least stick one in Stockton or Modesto.