Apple’s New Mall of America Neighbor: Microsoft

Microsoft has begun construction of its Mall of America retail store directly across from Apple’s own location in the mega shopping center. The four stores Microsoft has opened so far are near Apple Stores, although the Mall of America location looks like the closest so far.

Microsoft’s fifth store is substantially larger than the Apple Store on the opposite side of the walkway, according to the Pioneer Press.

Microsoft: Copying stores, and now locations.

The concept behind Microsoft’s retail stores mimics the Apple Store design, complete with block tables showing off computers, employees in colored t-shirts, and an Answer Bar — Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s Genius Bar.

There isn’t any word yet on exactly when Microsoft will open its Mall of America location.