“An extremely reliable source has confirmed to us that Google is in the process of building stand-alone retail stores in the U.S. and hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas,” Seth Weintraub reports for 9to5MGoogle.

“The mission of the stores is to get new Google Nexus, Chrome, and especially upcoming products into the hands of prospective customers,” Weintraub reports. “Google competitors Apple and Microsoft both have retail outlets where customers can try before they buy. ”

Weintraub reports, “Google currently has Chrome Store-within-a-store models in hundreds of Best Buys in the U.S. and 50 PCWorld/Dixon’s in the U.K.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Gideon” for the heads up.]