Take an early peek inside Microsoft's new downtown Portland store

Take an early peek inside Microsoft's new downtown Portland store
Inside the new downtown Portland Microsoft store that opens on Thursday. (Cathy Cheney/Portland Business Journal)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Microsoft Corp. gave reporters a preview of its gleaming new Portland store Wednesday ahead of its Thursday grand opening.

Manager David Dantes leads a staff of 45 at the 3,200-square-foot store, constructed in the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill restaurant, 300 S.W. Yamhill St., at Pioneer Place in downtown Portland.

The Portland store is one of seven Microsoft outlets slated to open this month alone.

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It highlights Microsoft products such as the Surface tablet, Windows 8 phones, Microsoft-loaded computers and gaming systems. Two Xbox stations offer gamers a place to play as well.

The store offers trouble shooting for customers and a community meeting space with a 103-inch touchscreen TV and staff members ready to help facilitate events.

At the 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting, Microsoft will give out $1.25 million in software grants to Impact Northwest, Central City Concern and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.

The first 200 customers will get tickets to a Microsoft-sponsored Weezer concert Friday evening at Pioneer Courthouse Square and passes for a meet-and-greet with the band.

The store will distribute additional free concert tickets throughout the day for as long as they last.

Click the image above for an early look inside the store before it opens to the public on Thursday.

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