Samsung's flagship London store is shuttered

Samsung's flagship London store is shuttered
Samsung has closed its flagship East London store. Thanks to the manufacturer's struggling smartphone sales, the retail Samsung Experience Store, which resided in the Westfield Stratford City shopping mall, has been shut down for good. Images of the store being closed, including a sign to that effect posted on the front door, were tweeted by bystanders on Tuesday.

In a statement, Samsung said that the remaining nine retail locations in the U.K. will remain open. The store that closed was Sammy's largest and most expensively decorated unit. As such, it was the first retail location to have the Samsung Galaxy S4, and later the Samsung Galaxy S5, in stock. The tech titan had opened the Samsung Experience Store to combat the Apple Store opened by its rival.

In January, Samsung announced that it would partner with Carphone Warehouse to build 60 retail stores in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and the Netherlands. There is no word on whether the closing of its flagship store will change Samsung's earlier plans.


source: @najeebster, TheVerge via GigaOm

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50 Comments

1. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Merry Christmas Sammy, have you received my presents? It's called karma :)

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"You can't [give] that! Karma can only be portioned out by the cosmos."

23. dimas

Posts: 3358; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

It's not karma, just plain bad business. Sammy made bad business decisions so they pay the price for it. Stop yelping with that karma thing, people who believe in superstitions don't contribute anything to humanity's progress.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

This is very common. High rental and end of lease. Shop open shop close. Apple is unaffected by this trend thanks to their high profit margin which is contribute by Apple fans. You guy should be very proud. LOL!

30. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Karma is when you have done something wrong. Samsung runs a business and now Apple is getting all the parts from them. So again what Karma are you referring?

32. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

35. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What I would expect from a Apple fan club gathering.

38. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They received that award for excessive working hours, pitiful wages and child labour. If karma was such a bitch, Apple would have closed shop by now as well. Since they are just as bad with these kinda things (among a lot of other companies).

47. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Karma just means what duties you have performed. Sad to see people misusing the word :/

41. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If karma were a real thing, Apple wouldn't exist anymore.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

That's what happens when you dilute your brand name with too many products.

10. bendgate unregistered

Sometimes you do say truth.

25. dimas

Posts: 3358; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They should minimize their gadget models and focus more on supplying internal hardware. I think exynos and other samsung chips have a big future on 2015.

3. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Dear costumers : This store is closed. Reason : So many cheap plastic crappy phones are inside the shop.

4. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Sad but true, in the words of James Hetfield...

9. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

Dear Customers: Beware of the products inside as they are all bendable inside your pocket even holding in your hands. Apple.

15. Awalker

Posts: 1976; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

And judging by the amount of phones Apple has sold their customers have no problem with that.

16. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Bendgate was blown out of proportion. Most of it came from people deliberately and forcefully bending their phone and then being surprised. It was basically like, "Omg! I tried to break my phone and it broke!" That's usually how it goes when you try to break stuff isn't it?

42. tedkord

Posts: 17346; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, it didn't. The ones that were intentionally bent were very bent. Most of the ones that never gone public are very subtly bent, because they bent in front pockets.

46. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

You mean "cheap plastics that explode all the day"

48. royjones

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

Well,Well,Well.... where's samsung now?? their stores are closing one by one... everything they launch Flops... if you buy a samsung now.. you'll be left by yourself (future proof) .... like a nokia ..good luck.

5. gregoryyy3 unregistered

Or maybe Samsung wasn't seeing profit at that particular location so they decided to move it? Trust me, I don't think Samsung is hurting nor will be anytime soon.

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Samsung just opened a store in my city. It's plain ugly XD Though it's in a parade place in the city. Right in the centre.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31002; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Finalflash, Sir-Lancelot, and faczek won't lily this one bit.

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You've missed out your buddy.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31002; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who???

28. Sir-Lancelot

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

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29. Sir-Lancelot

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Arte-8800 & Papinyc

11. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Sad to hear and I'm a Nokia / Microsoft fan I hope it doesn't get and wish Samsung all the best BTW HAPPY CHRISTMAS

12. bucky

Posts: 3781; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Samsung is going to go back to selling its phones to the people waiting in line for the iPhones i guess.

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