Google may open its first U.S. retail store in New York City

The tech giant is reportedly eyeing a space on Soho’s Greene Street, right around the corner from the Apple store

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Looks like Google is eyeing its first storefront in America. According to Crain's New York, the tech mogul is close to signing a lease at 131 Greene Street in Soho. The 8,000-square-foot space wouldn't be the company's first inroad into brick-and-mortar retail; Google has had dedicated spaces in Europe and opened an Android store in Melbourne in 2011.

If the reports are true, the downtown shop would indicate a new focus for Google toward hardware, including products such as the Chromebook laptop, Project Ara modular smartphone and Google Glass. It would be located around the corner from the Apple Store and right across the street from Warby Parker, the trendy glasses outlet that has been rumored to help design stylish frames for Google Glass. No word yet on when the Google store would open; we'll keep you posted as plans firm up.

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