We’ve heard reports and rumors about Google opening up retail shops before, but this new rumor is surfacing courtesy of a New York City news outlet called Crain’s New York, which states that Google is all set to move forward with a location in Downtown Manhattan to open up shop and get the ball rolling. According to anonymous sources, the image below shows us the front of the retail location where Google plans to open up its very first brick and mortar retail store, and interestingly enough it’s just down the block from the Apple Store in the same Downtown area. If the location that Google is rumored to be leasing is true, it reminds us of when Samsung opened up a little pop up store to market the Galaxy S2 just down the way from an Apple store in Sydney back in 2011.
The seemingly 4,100 sq. foot retail space should provide plenty of room for Google to show off its products, which would likely consist of all Google products like the Chromebooks, Chromecast, and any Nexus related products like Nexus smartphones and tablets, as well as accessories. You can already find dedicated Google sections located in most Best Buy stores, which display a myriad of the different Google products that you can normally order online. Upon walking into my local Best Buy I was even greeted by a dedicated member of the sales team whose job was to inform and assist in the sale of those particular Google products. In having its very own retail outlets, Google will have an easier way to distribute and offer such devices to consumers, and even provide hands on and hopefully knowledgeable staff to answer any questions that a potential customer might have.
Although we can see the outside of the first potential Google retail store, we’re definitely more interested in what the inside will look like. We imagine a slew of interactive tables and touch screens to get you playing with devices, and perhaps even a section with those cool Google pod chairs to have some rest in case you tire yourself out from all the excitement. If this turns out to be the first Google retail shop, a couple things come to mind. Where will the next one be located, and why New York instead of their own backyard in San Francisco like we would have expected?