Facebook announced they are planning to open a new physical retail space selling virtual gadgets.
Customers will be able to test out Facebook’s expanding line of “smart” hardware devices, which will include the virtual reality headset, Quest 2.
From Virtual To Retail
Facebook has a plan to build out its immersive virtual world, but first, they need people to buy and be interested in its products before launching a massive online interaction platform. They will offer items like VR headsets and glasses, in the store, as well as an area where you can “try before you buy.”
Facebook plans to have an online shop available, along with its retail location. Plans for future retail locations are not clear, at this time.
Facebook isn’t the first to take tech companies into retail, for example, Apple started its retail business in 2001 and has more than 500 locations globally.
Mark Zuckerberg was born May 14, 1984, and is the chairman, CEO, and controlling shareholder for Meta Platforms, formerly Facebook.
“The best way to understand virtual reality is to experience it,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. “At the new Meta Store, anyone can demo popular apps on Quest 2 and project what you’re experiencing onto a big wall for your friends to see.”
Zuckerberg believes users will want to adopt avatars to work with colleagues in virtual board rooms, attend digital events with friends, and shop in virtual stores.
According to an article on MSN, Facebook will make history in two ways. 1) It will launch its first physical store. 2) Facebook just lost the most users in their database for the first time in history.
Facebook first physical retail space selling virtual gadgets will be located on in Burlingame, California, which is about 15 minutes south of San Fransisco.
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