Microsoft Stores

The Microsoft Surface tablet will be the debut product that opens up a chain of retail stores across America for Microsoft Inc. The list of retail stores is much larger than expected and reflects the company’s solemn attempt to enter the space. Microsoft has posted job listings in numerous key areas of Canada and the United States; specifically looking for “retail product advisers” to handle the sales at this level and develop the markets. The locations span 20 US states (British Columbia, Toronto, and Alberta, Canada) and encompass 32 stores that will be in direct competition with Apple retail stores in the areas. The Apple iPad, without a doubt, is the object contender among all Microsoft Surface competitors.

Holiday sales will be the driving force behind these flagship enterprises along with the anticipated release of the Microsoft tablet PC, Windows 8 operating system, Windows Phone 8 devices, and all the hardware and software in its wake. October 26 marks the date of the official Windows 8 Tablet release and it is expected the retail stores will open throughout November and December. The company also plans to open 75 new Microsoft stores over the next two years, including one in London (March 2013) – according to Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner.

Microsoft has recently registered its own private limited company in the UK in anticipation of a supplementary drive into international retail markets. The company is most likely pondering additional stores across London and the UK in the first half of next year.

The full list of planned (2012) locations follows.

• West Edmonton Mall – Edmonton, Alberta
• Metropolis at Metrotown – Burnaby, BC
• Oakridge Centre – Vancouver, BC
• Eaton Centre – Toronto, Ontario

United States:
• Glendale Galleria – Glendale, CA
• San Francisco Centre – San Francisco, CA
• Cherry Creek Shopping Center – Denver, CO
• Westfarms Mall – West Hartford, CT
• Aventura Mall – Aventura, FL
• Dadeland Mall – Miami, FL
• Perimeter Mall – Atlanta, GA
• Fashion Mall at Keystone – Indianapolis, IN
• South Shore Plaza – Braintree, MA
• Natick Collection – Natick, MA
• Montgomery Mall – Bethesda, MD
• Mall in Columbia – Columbia, MD
• Saint Louis Galleria – St. Louis, MO
• Southpark Mall – Charlotte, NC
• Streets at Southpoint – Durham, NC
• Westfield Garden State Plaza – Paramus, NJ
• Fashion Show Mall– Las Vegas, NV
• Roosevelt Field Mall – Garden, City, NY
• Time Warner Center – The Shops at Columbus Circle – New York, NY
• Beachwood Place – Beachwood, OH
• Penn Square Mall – Oklahoma City, OK
• Woodland Hills Mall – Tulsa, OK
• Washington Square– Portland, OR
• Ross Park Mall – Pittsburgh, PA
• Mall at Green Hills – Nashville, TN
• Stonebriar Centre Mall – Frisco, TX
• North Star Mall – San Antonio, TX
• Woodlands Mall – Woodlands, TX