The South Korean company's U.S. telecom unit recently hired a senior Apple store designer, Tim Gudgel, as it ponders a deeper investment in U.S. retail, according to two people close to the company. Mr. Gudgel specializes in store design and planning. Earlier in his career he worked for Gehry Partners, the firm of famed architect Frank Gehry.
Back in April, Samsung announced that it will would 'Samsung Experience Shops' in more than 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores. However, the company has yet to open a company-owned retail store in the United States.
Gudgel's hiring may indicate that Samsung is planning to follow Microsoft's lead in launching a direct rival to Apple's popular retail stores. Please follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for more details as they become available.