Samsung to open retail store in Canada

Ian Hardy

April 3, 2012 8:05am

Last week UK retailer Phones 4u and Samsung partnered up and opened a retail store on Oxford Street. In Canada, TELUS is doing something similar by making Samsung a key role in their locations by branding themselves as the “Galaxy Headquarters”. There is dedicated space and TELUS employees are fully equipped to inform potential customers of the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. The same is occurring at Bell’s Eaton Centre location as they have space that showcases what your home could look like with it being connected via tablets, smartphones and TV’s via Samsung’s All Share.

According to an article in the Financial Post, Samsung Canada is planning to open at least one retail location “later this year”, plus roll out more of these “store-within-a-store” concepts. Plans are still being worked out as to the specific location, but early guesses are that it’ll be in Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall.

Samsung Canada president James Politeski said that “We definitely want consumers to experience the Samsung brand in a way that they have not experienced it before. We want them to see everything that Samsung can bring to them … we want to give consumers the opportunity to experience the brand and the products in a way that they’ve never seen before, that really takes that experience up.”

Apple has the Apple Store, now well over 20 locations across Canada. Sony is similar with their Sony Store. In addition, Microsoft also has plans to open a retail location in Toronto later this year.

Source: FP
(Image courtesy of Engadget)

  • EmperumanV

    Glad to see that they are also picking up on this. I enjoyed the ones here in India.

  • David

    Please bring on the unlocked phones!

  • Rich

    The only store of this type that I think is truly viable is a Microsoft store.

    • Rob

      The Sony Store’s have been around for a while now

  • Marcus

    I prefer the Sabre store

  • Sean

    Please bring one to Vancouver

  • shaggyskunk

    Great idea… It’ll be even better, if the stores actually have a full selection of accessories for the phones, AND at a competitive price!!
    Come on Samsung, give Canadians a REASON to visit your stores!!

  • Tom

    Samsung’s problem is not selling things – it’s supporting t hem.

    If customer’s can bring broken Samsung phone’s to these stores for fast service then that would truly be a breakthrough.

  • artstate

    Finally! I hope that they have a full range of products, from laptops to appliances. I also hope that it increases their relationship with customers here; i.e. have a service center to resolve issues in person (like in many other countries)

  • 4u2nv

    I know this wont happen but I hope it opens in Montreal!!

  • Ron

    I saw some prototype concepts on these Canadian stores. Not sure if they are installed when these launch but they were considering cameras to track customer demographics such as, sex, rage, apprx age, and engagement time; very minority reportish.



  • Someguy

    I want to buy all my Galaxy series phones direct from Samsung stores from now on.

  • SkyDome

    If they also decide to sell unlocked phones there than it makes sense.

  • Matt

    Samsung already has a partner store with NCIX in Aberdeen Center in Richmond, BC. It’s a stand alone store front which has a bunch of Samsung TV’s, and other products.

  • XER

    We need Samsung to sell unlocked phones in Canada. I never understand why a phone is locked!!!!???? Unlocked phones are the way to go and nothing else

  • ruddias

    COPYING APPLE!!!! Everyone knows Apple invented the store and they have a patent for it.

  • Kenton Kiselbach

    Now a chance to avoid the Chinese useless garbage ,junk ,trash products that the Chinese are dumping on us fools.