NEW YORK — Microsoft said Friday it is permanently closing nearly all of its physical stores around the world.
Like other retailers, the software and computing giant had to temporarily close all of its stores in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to its website, Microsoft has 72 stores in the U.S. and several others abroad where they showcase and sell laptops and other hardware. Friday’s announcement reflects what the company calls a “strategic change” for its retail business as sales increasingly shift online.
Microsoft opened its first physical store in Scottsdale, Arizona, in Oct. 2009.
Microsoft said it would “reimagine” the physical spaces at its four high-profile Microsoft Experience Centers in New York City, London, Sydney, Australia and at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
Microsoft said the closures would result in a pretax charge of about $450 million, or 5 cents per share, taken in the current quarter ending June 30. The company didn’t say if the move would result in layoffs.
Full list of Microsoft store locations
- Canoga Park,Westfield Topanga
- Cerritos,Los Cerritos Center
- Corte Madera,The Village at Corte Madera
- Costa Mesa,South Coast Plaza
- Los Angeles,Westfield Century City
- Mission Viejo,The Shops at Mission Viejo
- Palo Alto,Stanford Shopping Center
- San Diego,Fashion Valley
- San Francisco,Westfield San Francisco Centre
- Santa Clara,Westfield Valley Fair
- Lone Tree,Park Meadows Mall
- Newark,Christiana Mall
- Honolulu,Ala Moana Center
- Indianapolis,The Fashion Mall at Keystone
- Overland Park,Oak Park Mall
- Metairie,Lakeside Shopping Center
- Bethesda,Westfield Montgomery
- Bloomington, Mall of America
- Richmond Heights,Saint Louis Galleria
- Las Vegas,Fashion Show
- Portland,Pioneer Place
- King of Prussia, King of Prussia Mall
- Nashville,Mall at Green Hills
- Salt Lake City,City Creek Center