Google is set to open its first physical retail store in NYC this summer. The Google Store will showcase Google products such as Pixel smartphones, Nest home devices, FitBit trackers, Pixelbooks among others. The retail store is popping up in the Chelsea area of NYC and at the former Port Authority building where Google’s New York headquarters is located.
Meanwhile, Apple and Samsung had earlier opened their own physical offices close to the neighborhood and near the Empire State Building. As can be expected, Apple and Samsung showcase their physical products in their retail stores, and in comparison, Google has limited products for the time being.
To underscore the manner in which the retail store will be operated, Google in a press release announced that COVID-19 safety and health protocols will be followed strictly. Although 41% of adults in New York City are fully vaccinated according to state statistics, Google is still planning to enforce all health recommendations to the fullest, the Verge reports.
“Masks, hand sanitation, and social distancing will be required in the Google Store, and we’ll clean all spaces multiple times a day,” the tech company wrote. “The number of guests inside will be limited to ensure our customers feel safe during their shopping experience, and easy pickup options will also be available. We will continue to closely follow the guidance of the local and national authorities to adapt our health and safety procedures as needed.”
With the retail store opening in summer, it is possible that Google will open other physical stores in several cities and states around the country. Apart from purchasing physical products from the retail store, customers will also be able to order products online and pick them up at the retail store; and there will be expert technicians who will be on hand to repair faulty devices and appliances for customers.