American technology corporation Microsoft will close its physical stores around the world. The corresponding statement is posted on Friday on the company’s website.
According to published data, the management of the corporation decided on “strategic changes, implying the closure of Microsoft physical stores.” To date, according to information on the Microsoft website, the company has 82 outlets, of which 73 are located in the United States. The rest are located in Canada, the UK, Australia and Puerto Rico.
“Our sales on the Internet have grown as our range expanded mainly due to digital offers, and a team of talented professionals proved that they can successfully serve customers outside physical stores,” the statement says David Potter, vice president of the corporation. “We are grateful to the customers of Microsoft stores, and we look forward to the opportunity to provide them services online, as well as in retail departments at Microsoft corporate centers.” We are talking about the Microsoft Experience Center in New York, London, Sydney and Redmond (Washington), where the company’s headquarters are located.
As a result of a change in the company’s retail policy, it will not entail layoffs, said Porter to The Verge online publication. Microsoft stores have remained closed since the end of March because of the pandemic disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The corporation is one of the largest manufacturers of software for various devices: from personal computers to mobile phones.