Tech giant, Microsoft to close most of its stores worldwide


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Microsoft said Friday it is permanently closing nearly all of its physical stores around the world.

Like other retailers, the software and computing giant, co-founded by now-philanthropist Bill Gates, had to temporarily close stores in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to its website, Microsoft has 83 stores worldwide, including 72 stores in the US, and several others abroad where it showcases and sells 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 said it would “reimagine” the physical spaces at its four high-profile Microsoft Experience Centers in New York, London, Sydney, Australia, and at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

All store employees will have the opportunity to remain with the company, Microsoft said.

Microsoft said the closures would result in a pretax charge of…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper