Speculation mounts that Google (GOOG +0.8%) could start to open retail stores after seeing...

|By:, SA News Editor

Speculation mounts that Google (GOOG +0.8%) could start to open retail stores after seeing rivals Apple (300 open) and Microsoft (44 planned) push into the domain. For now, the company has only established Chrome Zones in Best Buy (BBY -0.9%) stores and other select locations, but a major investment to promote and protects its brand could be part of its future strategy. The move could also be a blow for office supply stores and electronics retailers depending on what kind of products are sold at the Google store and how distributions deals are worked out.