According to the sources at 9to5Google, Google will be opening its own chain of retail stores in the US by the end of the year around holiday shopping season.
This move may have come across as a surprise a couple of years ago, but with the advent of the Nexus devices and the Chromebook, along with upcoming devices such as Project Glass, a retail chain of stores is just the thing that the company needs.
Google supposedly feels it needs a retail presence so that customers need to get a hands-on experience with the product before they purchase it. Google currently has mini-stores within stores for selling Chromebooks (as seen above) but the Google stores are said to be much bigger in scale.
As of now, these stores are only said to open within US but hopefully they will spread to other locations around the world next year.