Meta’s first physical store will open next month with a range of interactive demos
As rumored last year, Meta will open its first dedicated physical store next month in Burlingame, California. Opening on May 9th, the retail space will showcase Meta’s Portal, Ray-Ban Stories and Quest 2 devices, allowing customers to try them out.
The in-store experiences will include activities such as the ability to make a call with Portal to a retail associate and to play with the Story Time feature. You will also be able to try on a range of Ray-Ban Stories glasses to find the style, color and lens to suit you.
An interactive Quest 2 display wall will showcase the range of VR hardware, accessories and compatible games. Plus, you will be able to play Beat Saber, GOLF+, Real VR Fishing or Supernatural in VR, with a nearby wall-to-wall curved LED screen mirroring the headset’s display. Each customer who takes part will go home with a 30-second mixed reality clip of their VR experience.
The store at 322 Airport Blvd is relatively small, measuring 1,550 ft² (~144 m²), with opening hours of 11 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday. You will be able to buy Portal devices, Quest 2 headsets, and accessories at the store, but Ray-Ban Stories are only available online.
Meta has previously hosted retail pop-ups at airports and in New York. Also noted in the announcement was the addition of a Shop tab to meta.com, which the company says makes it easier to shop its range of hardware.