Google shops have begun popping up in Best Buy locations across Canada, with a total of 14 “Experience Stores” to open across the country by the end of 2016.
The online search giant has started with 10 small Google shops inside Best Buy locations. The plan will see Google follow that up with four larger shops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, and in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga, Ont., by years end. Within these shops, customers can book one-on-one appointments with trained staff and partake in hands-on weekly workshops on Google products.
Google is taking a page from other tech giants like Apple and Microsoft by opening spaces for consumers to go hands on with Google products. With the announced Google Pixel smartphone available now, and Daydream View and Chromecast Ultra releasing later this year, these retail spaces will serve as another channel to put that hardware on display for consumers.
Here is the full list of Google shops that have either opened or are about to be opened soon.
- Bramalea City Centre, 25 Peel Centre Dr, Unit 451, Brampton, ON, L6T 3R5
- 810 St. James St, Unit A, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 3J7
- 420 Vansickle Rd, Bldg L, Unit 1, St. Catharines, ON, L2S 0C7
- 17539 Stony Plain Rd NW, Edmonton, AB, T5S 2S1
- 1701 Merivale Rd., Nepean, ON, K2G 3K2
- 2500 Winston Park Dr., Unit A, Oakville, ON, L6H 7E5
- 167 North Queen St., Etobicoke, ON, M9C 1A7
- 2929 Barnet Hwy., Unit 2140, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 5R5
- Central City, 10153 King George Highway, Unit 3200, Surrey, BC, V3T 2W1
- 6200 McKay Ave., Unit 200, Burnaby, BC, V5H 4L7