Chinese drone maker DJI to open new authorized retail store in Seattle area

Photo by Xray40000, via Flickr.

A DJI Phantom Drone. Photo by Xray40000, via Flickr.

By Nat Levy

DJI, a Chinese-based company that makes and sells drones, will open its first “authorized retailer” in Washington state at the Marketplace @ Factoria mall in Bellevue, Wash. this week.

The store will let people try out DJI’s personal and professional drones and teach customers about their various uses. A grand opening of the new store is set for Saturday, and the festivities will include demonstrations of its Phantom and Mavic drone series, and the Osmo stabilization gimbal series.

However, DJI noted in its opening announcement that drone flights are not allowed outside Factoria mall. Recreational users are not allowed to fly drones within 25 feet of another person, and the unmanned aircrafts are not allowed in Bellevue parks, per city rules.

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