Microsoft Permanently Closing ALL of its Stores!
Microsoft announced that it will permanently close all of its 83 stores. However, it isn’t clear whether Microsoft’s stores will reopen before shuttering for good.
Additionally, Microsoft says it will “reimagine spaces that serve all customers,” which includes turning brick-and-mortar stores in London, New York City, Sydney and Redmond into “experience centers.”
They have not yet said whether they will have liquidation sales at the closed locations.
Is Microsoft Going Out of Business?
“Our sales have grown online as our product portfolio has evolved to largely digital offerings, and our talented team has proven success serving customers beyond any physical location,” David Porter, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, said in a statement. “We are grateful to our Microsoft Store customers and we look forward to continuing to serve them online and with our retail sales team at Microsoft corporate locations.”
Pepper the Microsoft store robot greeter, circa 2019.
Our hearts go out to the employees affected by these shutdowns. And, to the consumers who rely on these stores.
COVID Retail Apocalypse
This news comes on the heels ofretail giants such as J.C. Penney declared bankruptcy and plans to close 200 stores, And, Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works announced they were closing 300 stores. Gordmans bankruptcy and store closings. Tuesday Morning stores declare bankruptcy. And, of course, Pier One Imports closing all of their stores. Shortly after Neiman Marcus, another department store giant, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid the coronavirus pandemic. And, most recently The Children’s Place announced they would close 300 stores. and 24-Hour fitness closes doors to nearly half of its clubs. See all of the recent store closings in the Covid Retail Apocalypse.
See all the 2020 Stores Closing here.
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