Google May Open First Retail Store In Dublin

Posted by at 2:00 pm on February 9, 2012

Google may be planning its first stand- alone retail store at its European headquarters in Dublin after a trial at a computer shop in London, according to a filing by the company.

The Google Store would be open to the public and sell unspecified Google merchandise, the company’s Irish unit said in a local planning application. Located in the Montevetro office block on Dublin’s Barrow Street, the store would have about 123 square meters (1,323 square feet) of space including an added mezzanine floor designed to draw attention from passers-by.

“We’ve not made any decisions, it’s simply a planning application,” the Mountain View, California-based company said today by e-mail. Google already has an online store selling merchandise such as t-shirts and pens, it said.

Google opened a store inside a London branch of Currys and PC World, units of Dixons Retail Plc, as a trial for selling laptop computers running the company’s Chromebook operating system, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported in October.

Google has a store selling products with a Google logo at its headquarters in California, which isn’t open to the public. The company also offers merchandise at www.googlestore.com, featuring merchandise such as baby bibs and notebooks with the logo.

The Dublin office is Google’s largest location outside of the U.S., according to the filing. Google bought the two buildings that make up its existing headquarters in March for an undisclosed price. It also leases space at two other properties in the area. It purchased the Montevetro site in April for about 100 million euros ($133 million) from Real Estate Opportunities Plc.

Google will have more than 3,000 employees in the Dublin area after it expands into the building and refurbishes its existing headquarters across the street, according to the document.

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