A permanent Google retail store may be launching in Chicago

For the past two years, Google's launched pop-up stores in major cities around the U.S. shortly after the launch of its new yearly hardware refresh. This is a good way to allow potential customers to get some hands-on time with the new tech, but Google may soon get a permanent home for its retail goods in Chicago.

Per a report from The Chicago Tribune:

Google is planning a two-level store in Chicago's Fulton Market district, its first known location for a retail flagship. The technology giant is close to finalizing a lease for almost 14,000 square feet on the first and second floors of several connected, two-story brick buildings between 845 and 853 W. Randolph St., according to sources.

Should this turn out to be true, this would mark Google's first-ever retail location and a big move forward in its plans to be a hardware company along with everything else it's involved with.

A spokesperson for the company simply said, "We don't comment on rumors or speculation" when asked about the plans, but seeing as how Google already has a headquarters in the city, a Chicago retail shop doesn't seem out of the question at all.

What would you like to see from a Google store? Sound off in the comments below!

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.