Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun, mrcalhoun@cbs.com)

REDMOND, Wa. (KMOX) – Microsoft, which followed in Apple’s footsteps by opening a series of mall-based retail stores in 2009, is expanding its footprint and opening a temporary, “holiday” store at the St. Louis Galleria this fall.

It’s one of 30 such stores.

Microsoft’s stores sell hardware manufactured by the company, including Xbox game consoles, but also computers and phones made by third-party companies but which run Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

“These holiday stores will allow customers to have hands-on experience with and identify the best Microsoft products for their personal and gift-giving needs,” a Microsoft representative said in a written statement.

It’s not clear if the “holiday” Microsoft Store in St. Louis will feature an “Answer Desk” (similar to Apple’s “Genius Bar”) and whether it will offer the how-to classes offered at the company’s full-line stores.


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