Prepared by consultants John Spain Associates for Google Ireland Inc., the planning application was approved by the Dublin City Council on Jan. 23. The document also reveals a staff swimming pool in an area designed for use as a restaurant. Google's office in Dublin is its largest outside of the States, according to the filing. The Montevetro site was purchased by the company in April for 100 million EUR ($133 million USD). The documents state that after its existing headquarters are refurbished and the company moves into the Montevetro location, Google will have more than 3,000 employees in the city.
Back in Mountain View, Google said that it hasn't yet reached a decision about whether or not it would open a store. "While we do have the option to open retail space, we are examining all potential uses,” Google said in an email, "No final decision has been taken." Google has said that it is standard procedure to have the option to build store space in a new location. Opening retail stores would be another way for Google to compete with Apple. The latter has 361 stores where customers can buy devices like the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad and Apple iPod. Google, whose Android operating system has the largest marketshare globally, will soon have a division that manufacturers handsets after it closes on its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility.