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Samsung to open own retail stores in Canada

updated 05:20 pm EDT, Thu April 5, 2012

Samsung chases Apple, Sony on retail formula

Samsung is planning to chase rivals' retail strategy with its own, fully self-run stores in Canada, the company's national head James Politeski said in an interview. Along with store-within-a-store locations like that it opened in the UK, Samsung will have dedicated stores at parts across the country, he told As with Apple and Sony, it would have specific designs and train staff itself, although it would outsource the actual management to unnamed companies.

A lack of ownership was a deliberate attempt to show that the company could provide a strong experience without having a "more aggressive approach," Politeski said. He didn't say whether any of the dedicated stores would have their own service areas, often considered vital ingredients to Apple's success.

The exact locations weren't set, although hints have suggested the first would be in the Yorkdale Mall, West of downtown Toronto. The mall is noteworthy as the home of Apple's first retail store in the country.

Samsung's strategy will echo that of the companies that came years before it, which is to present an idealized experience where users can try products in a better environment that shows off the brand's strong points. Big-box stores such as Best Buy have often been blamed for damaging brands by burying products in large display sections, regularly presenting broken or neutered demo units, and having staff that often have little technology experience in general, let alone in specific products. Apple's near-fatal drop in market share during the 1990s was partly attributed to third-party retailer staff that were either pro-Windows in their personal lives, or were on commission for a Windows PC vendor, trying to steer buyers away from Macs.

No mention has been made of whether the US would also see the stores beyond its concept-only Samsung Experience in New York City. Canada is potentially a trial balloon for Samsung to see if its own stores are effective in a North American environment without the pressure of a US presence. If successful and expanding to the US, it might draw more uncomfortable comparisons for the company between itself and Apple, which is already suing Samsung for allegedly copying the designs and software of its phones and tablets.

Samsung store-within-a-store at Phones4U's Oxford Street store in London, image via Engadget

by MacNN Staff



  1. thinkman

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Where have I seen this concept before..... Apple stores, perhaps! Why wouldn't they copy Apple's success in retail, just as they have with Apple's hardware.

  1. Jubeikiwagami

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let me guess

    It will look like or based on Apple Stores. lol

  1. gprovida

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fast Follower or Copier

    Since copying Apple iPhone and trying to copy Apple iPad and MacBook Airs let's leap to copying Apple iAds and Retail Stores. It will be interesting to see if copying is as successful as innovating.

  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    at least the have actual products to sell, unlike microcrap. I say good for them. they arent going to go too far, but competition is never a bad thing for consumers.

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