More details about new Microsoft flagship store emerge
Microsoft's first store in London has been a long time coming. Back in 2012, The Verge reported that Microsoft was planning to open a retail store in Covent Garden in 2013, but this never materialised. Then in September last year the company announced plans to open a flagship store in Regent Street. Details about its progress were scant until last month when one redditor spotted several job posts on the company's careers website.
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However, the City of Westminster Council has now posted new documents on its planning portal that show the proposed ground floor and details about the store's layout. According to a letter accompanying planning permission documents, the real estate services company CBRE has confirmed that the store will have 1,066 m² (~ 11,474 ft²) of retail floor space, excluding back of house areas.
Moreover, the letter confirms that the store will have a 'theatre space to present and display new product lines' and a gaming studio. Finally, the floor plan indicates that there will be huge digital displays around the ground floor windows and a spiral staircase snaking up through the store.
For full information released so far please head to the City of Westminster planning portal and search for '259 Regent Street', '18/09282/FULL', '18/09577/ADFULL', or '18/09026/LBC'.