Microsoft to open store in Fayette Mall

May 9, 2014 

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The Microsoft logo is seen reflected in windows at a company store Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, in Seattle.

ELAINE THOMPSON — ASSOCIATED PRESS

A Microsoft Specialty Store, a brick-and-mortar shop from the maker of the Windows computer operating system, is to open Tuesday at Fayette Mall in Lexington.

The kiosk store will be in Center Court near Coach, Microsoft said.

The specialty stores — which differ from Microsoft's handful of larger, full-line stores — offer "a curated selection of the best Microsoft products, including Surface, Xbox, Windows 8 PCs and Phones," according to Microsoft.

To mark the opening, the store will have prize drawings and offer at least two opening day-only deals:

■ A Dell 8-inch Venue Pro 32GB tablet will be priced at $99; the computers are regularly $299 but are on sale for $249 at Microsoftstore.com.

■ A Surface RT 32GB tablet will be $199; it is regularly $249, according to Microsoftstore.com

Both deals are while supplies last and are limited to one per customer.

Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, according to Microsoft.

The Fayette Mall store is part of a big rollout by Microsoft of its specialty stores; 19 are scheduled to open in the first half of this month.

According to Microsoftstore.com, there are nearly 50 "specialty stores" across the nation that are open or will be soon. Louisville's Oxmoor Center mall already has a Microsoft Specialty Store.

Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft announced plans in 2009 to open a series of stand-alone brick-and-mortar stores, patterning them after its rival's popular Apple Stores. In 2012, coinciding with the launch of its Windows 8 operating system, it started opening temporary holiday season "pop-up" shops, some of which have transitioned into the Microsoft Specialty Stores.

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