DJI will open an authorized retail store in Bellevue’s Factoria neighborhood this week.
A new drone store is coming to town, but don’t let your hopes fly outside the designated area.
Chinese company DJI, which makes popular drones such as the Mavic and Phantom series, is opening an authorized retail store at Marketplace @ Factoria in Bellevue this week.
Customers can test the drones inside, but flights are not allowed outside the mall. The city of Bellevue has strict rules about where drones can be used, and the unmanned aircraft are banned in parks.
DJI will take over the Bellevue drone market from retailer Drones Plus, which closed its downtown Bellevue location earlier this year.
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DJI’s drones range in price from $400 (a vehicle on sale for Cyber Monday) up to more than $5,000.
DJI has many authorized retailers in the U.S., and this will be the first in Washington state. The company operates its own trendy, Apple-like retail stores in China and South Korea.
The company is to host a grand opening for the Bellevue store beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.