With the pandemic set as the backdrop, Microsoft announced Friday that it is closing nearly all of its retail stores around the world as it transitions to a heavier presence in online service.
Among the Microsoft stores set to close is the Mall of America location, which is the software giant's only store in Minnesota. Globally, all but four Microsoft stores will close, the company announced, noting that only four physical stores will stay open: New York City, London, Sydney (Australia) and one in Washington state.
The Mall of America store had yet to reopen since the Bloomington megamall reopened its doors June 1 following two and a half months shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In total, nearly 80 Microsoft stores will close around the world.
It's not yet clear how many jobs, if any, will be lost at the MOA store. In a company release, Corporate Vice President Dave Porter said "our commitment to growing and developing careers from this diverse talent pool is stronger than ever."