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January 15, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Report: Microsoft Store opening in downtown Portland

A Microsoft Store is apparently coming to downtown Portland, according to the Portland Business Journal, which reports that Microsoft has leased the space formerly belonging to Romano’s Macaroni Grill at Pioneer Place mall.

A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to confirm the report, saying that “while we’re exploring several locations for future Microsoft retail stores, we have no specific new store locations to share at this time.”

The company currently has more than 30 full retail stores, on its way to a planned 75 over the next several years. This would be Microsoft’s first full retail store in Oregon.

The company also has more than 30 smaller “specialty stores” — including one in Portland’s Washington Square mall — that evolved out of the temporary holiday “pop-up” stores it opened over the holidays.

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