Report: Google planning to open retail stores

New York -- Google is planning to open freestanding retail stores in the United States, with the first flagship locations open in time for the 2013 holiday shopping season, according to a report by online site 9to5Google.

“Google feels right now that many potential customers need to get hands-on experience with its products before they are willing to purchase," the website reported.
 
According to the report, Google wants to give consumers the opportunity not only to test out its existing branded products, but also the chance to see close up its upcoming technology, such as Google Glasses.