Beleaguered Samsung shutters flagship London store amid falling sales

“What are Samsung Experience Stores?” Vlad Savov reports for The Verge. “Why, they’re a dying species, if the latest development in Samsung’s efforts to establish its own retail empire are any indication.”

“The flagship Samsung store in London, occupying a large and prominent spot at the Westfield Stratford City shopping center, has now been ‘permanently closed,’ ostensibly in response to the company’s slumping smartphone sales,” Savov reports. “Along with a centrally located Oxford Street shop, this was Samsung’s biggest — and thus most expensive and ostentatious — exhibition space in London.”

Savov reports, “Samsung made a big point of promoting its Experience Stores, making them the destination to get the very first Galaxy S4 and, later, S5 units sold in the UK, but excitement and sales have apparently petered out…”

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28 Comments

      1. Speaking of intelligent person…

        While in London, an iPhone user asked Siri for a Samsung store location to which Siri replied.

        “I have found 10 Samsung Experience stores, 4 of which are very clos…,
        I have found 9 Samsung Experience stores, 4 of which are very clos…,
        I have found 8 Samsung Experience stores, 3 of which are very clos…,
        I have found 7 Samsung Experience stores, 3 of which are very clos…,
        I have found 6 Samsung Experience stores, 2 of which are very clos…,”

        Poor Siri, she’s got her work cut out for her!

    1. While I enjoy a bit of schadenfreude as much as the next guy, sadly, Scamsung seems to still be doing well in Asia and people are still buying their top end phones (that cost almost as much as an iPhone). The little bit they ‘save’ will end up costing them more in the long run but many here can’t see the bigger picture.

      Oh well. At least in the more developed areas of the world, Apple is finally making the Korean copiers pay.

  1. I would love to see everything Samsung dropped in the U.S., and I mean any electronics, televisions, washer and dryers, etc. You can’t watch a commercial or see a print ad without their crap predominating.

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