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Hey USA! Google Stores are Coming Your Way

Loie Favre
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 Hopefully it look better than this! © Joseph j7uy5 @Flickr

California is a really cool place to be and I can't think of a better location to get the first Google Stores. Google is planning on opening stand-alone retail stores in Los Angeles and San Francisco to begin with and then more cities will follow.

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So far what we know is very little, but what we've found out completely contradicts Android co-founder Andy Rubin's (who left Android a month ago) allegations that a Google store would not be part of the plan. Touché Rubin! 9to5Google, whose sources are usually right on the money, have stated that Google's first stores are currently being developed and that they've already started hiring staff. Obviously everything is being done in the most top-secret way. I wonder who they're going to hire? I can only imagine that their store will be staffed with young university students, seeking that perfect part-time job. Hopefully they'll be paid more than minimum wage. Google is very hush-hush over the matter, so recruitment must have also been under-wraps.

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Will the staff at Google be this happy to work there? You bet they will! © Google

The store, as you can easily presume, will be selling Google, Android and Chromebook products. And of course, you'll be able to get yourself a pair of Glass. This is a step up from the Best-Buy kiosks that have been around for a while now.

Online Shopping vs In-Person Service

Though products can be bought right off of the internet, there are still many people who prefer that face-to-face human interaction. It's nice to go in somewhere and touch and probe what you are about to spend a lot of money on. If you open a Google store in a mall, just like Apple did, people will come and people will spend a lot of money. Get the right kind of sales team in there and you're good to go. The stores will open by the end of the year.

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  • Alvin Chin Apr 16, 2013 Link

    Are you sure Google is hiring right now? I checked and see no job postings for retail or corporate staff.

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    Loie Favre Apr 16, 2013 Link

    @Alvin: The sources from 9to5Google as I mention in the article, say that they are, though Google refuses to comment on the matter. Since the stores are presumed to open by the end of year and for now it seems only in LA and San Fran, it will undoubtedly take some time before they openly start recruiting staff. We'll write about it if we find out more information, so stay tuned.

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  • ljhaye Apr 16, 2013 Link

    samsung stores vs. google stores... i wonder if they are going to copy the look and feel of Apple's store...i wonder if they'll be a flop like Microsoft's stores...

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  • Ti Mo Apr 17, 2013 Link

    Nice! Its still my dream to work at google. So in case i fail at computer science in college(or whatever im gonna do) and the chances of becoming a developer at google die, I'll try to get myself a job in a Google Retail Store! :)

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  • CJ Brown Apr 18, 2013 Link

    It could be that these are Google Stores not managed by Google, but from a separate Company under Contract with Google .... I consider these Google Stores opening in Los Angelss & San Friancisco to be a test (to see if Google can keep their Google Stores open & compete directly with Apple Stores).


    What would draw me to a Google Store? Being able to purchase what I want - Smart Phone and Tablet Wise - without said items being Contracted to any Carrier AND being able to choose what bloatware (erm apps) I want installed AND being able to decide how much RAM (as well as how many CPU's) AND internal Memory (AND do that for whatever manufactured Android Smart Phone or Tablet of your choice be it HTC, Samsung, LG, Acer, Sony, Toshiba, etc)

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