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Report: Google to open first flagship retail store in Chicago

Tech giant Google is reportedly planning its first brick-and-mortar retail shop.

The Chicago Tribune reported that, according to unnamed sources, the flagship store is expected to open in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, close to the company’s city headquarters.

Google has finalized the property lease, the Tribune reported, but the company has not yet confirmed plans for long-term shops.

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“We don’t comment on rumor or speculation,” Google spokeswoman Kayla Conti told the Tribune.

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The building will reportedly be 14,000 square feet of multiple two-story brick buildings.

Tech experts believe the retail shop would prominently feature the company’s growing bundle of electronic products, including smartphones, home security systems and more.

With the new store, Google would join other tech giants with flagship locations, such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft.

But if Google cancels its plans, it wouldn’t be the first time. In 2015, Crain’s New York Business reported that the company abandoned plans to open a store in New York.

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