Google still searching for first retail store location after eyeing Fulton Market

The tech giant backed out of plans for a flagship store in Newcastle building
April 16, 2019 09:00AM

Google’s midwest headquarters in Fulton Market and the row of properties at 845-851 West Randolph Street (Credit: iStock and Google Maps)

Google’s midwest headquarters in Fulton Market and 845-851 West Randolph Street (Credit: iStock and Google Maps)

Google shelved plans to open its first retail store in a Fulton Market building owned by Newcastle Limited.

The tech giant last year was in advanced talks to take the two-story, 14,000-square-foot space at 845-853 West Randolph Street but has called off the deal, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the store plans, and Newcastle officials could not be reached for comment, the Tribune reported.

The store would have been the first permanent retail location for Google, which has opened pop-up shops in the past to sell its devices, including one last year in Bucktown.

Google has more than 1,000 employees in Chicago, and its 372,000-square-foot Midwest headquarters at 1000 West Fulton Street played a key role in the ongoing transformation of Fulton Market.

The company last year signed a lease for an additional 132,000 square feet in Sterling Bay’s office project at 210 North Carpenter Street. [Chicago Tribune] — John O’Brien