Microsoft is planning to open its eighth retail store in California on March 24.
The software giant announced the location of the next store back in January and promised a Spring launch. Microsoft’s eighth retail store will be located in the South Coast Plaza mall in Costa Mesa, California. Apple also has a retail store inside the same mall. Microsoft is partnering with Disney’s Selena Gomez to launch its new store in sunny Costa Mesa. The first 150 people in line, at 6AM on Thursday, will receive two premier viewing tickets to a special performance by Selena Gomez, plus an opportunity to meet Selena and receive an autograph after the show. The next 800 people in line will receive two premier viewing tickets to the performance.
Microsoft recently launched its seventh retail store just 15 minutes from the company’s headquarters in Bellevue. The software giant also launched its biggest retail store in the Mall of America in November. The store, which is 8,600 total square feet, is directly opposite an Apple store. Microsoft also has the two stores located in Scottsdale, Arizona and Mission Viejo, California, and a third store in Park Meadows Mall – Lone Tree, Colorado. Microsoft also has stores in San Diego and the recently opened Oakbrook store. Microsoft’s Mall of America store saw long queues as customers scrambled for freebies and the recently launched Kinect for Xbox 360.
Microsoft will open a ninth store this year in Seattle. Microsoft is also rumored to be launching stores in New York, Houston and Orlando later this year too. The Microsoft Stores offer all of the Microsoft products found through online retailers and inside major retail chains, including keyboards and mice, Windows 7, Xbox 360 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.