Microsoft has been rumoured to be bringing the next store home to Seattle, in the Downtown Bellevue Square mall. In a report from Downtownbellevue.com, Microsoft and Apple are both rumoured to be opening up stores inside the mall, but Apple will be moving to a larger location.
Two of the stores inside the mall, Talls Camera and Eddie Bauer will be relocating somewhere inside of the mall within the next few months, possibly to make way for the Microsoft Store. Apple is also said to be opening up a larger store inside of the mall to compete with Microsoft.
This will be the fifth known Microsoft Store to be opening, joining the first two locations in Scottsdale, Arizona and Mission Viejo, California. A Microsoft PR representative confirmed to Neowin that a store will be opening in Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, Colorado, but has not set an official opening date. The other location, San Diego, California has yet to set an official location and opening date.
The Microsoft Stores offer all of the Microsoft products found through online retailers and inside major retail chains, including keyboards and mice, Windows 7, Xbox360 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.