Chinese technology giant Huawei, which opened its flagship store in Shanghai, China last month, has now announced its plan to launch three new Experience Stores in the United Kingdom.
The company is planning to spend around £10 million to open three stores in London and Manchester. It will also create the first own-brand stores on the UK’s High Street. The company says that it will be creating over 100 jobs in the region.
As per Huawei’s plan, the first store will open in London’s Olympic Park, Stratford, in October 2020, and will be followed by a dedicated retail space and service center in Manchester, slated to open in February 2021.
There will be another experience store in London, slated to open next year. The company already has a Huawei Service Centre in Wembley, London, that opened in June this year.
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The company says that the aim behind these new ‘Huawei Experience Stores’ is to allow consumers to interact with a range of Huawei products including smartphones, laptops, tablets, headphones, earbuds, smartwatches, fitness bands, speakers, etc.
The announcement of opening three new stores with an investment of £10 million is a bold move from Huawei, which has been banned by the UK from participating in its 5G infrastructure development just a few days ago.
The UK government’s ban on Huawei will reportedly cost telecom operators in the country around £2 billion (roughly $2.52 billion). Furthermore, it will also delay the adoption of 5G by at least a couple of years.
The Chinese giant has been operating in the UK for the past 20 years and has urged the UK Government to reconsider its decision. The new announcement shows that the company is planning to stay and compete in the UK market, despite the government’s decision.