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DJI drone store opens to huge crowd in Costa Mesa – Orange County Register

Hundreds of drone enthusiasts lined up to see a new DJI drone store that opened Saturday, Oct. 21 near The Lab anti-mall in Costa Mesa.

The “experience” store, much like an Apple store, gives customers a chance to check out dozens of drones made by Dà-Jiāng Innovations Science and Technology Co., a  leading manufacturer in China.

Customers also can demo the drones using a flying cage.

It’s the only store of its kind in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and the largest of five such branded shops in San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, and New York City.

More than 800 people RSVP’d for opening day, a testament to the growing popularity of personal drones.

“I’m happy they opened the store here. It’s nice to have people who understand drones,” said Marco Mateo, 42, of Santa Ana. ”

Mateo never made it inside the store, giving up on the long line that wrapped around the building on Bristol Street. He decided he couldn’t wait on an empty stomach. “We’ll just come back tomorrow.”

The shop is operated by Patrick Smith, owner of the hobby shop Aerial Media Pros. Smith flew his father, Patrick, and brother, Byron, in from Texas to help with the DJI store launch. They own a drone store in Baytown, Texas, just outside of Houston.

Smith’s shop will stock DJI drones that range in price from $500 all the way up to $15,000. Service and repairs of DJI units also will be available on-site.

Personal or civilian drones have grown in popularity across the U.S. The global market revenue for personal and commercial drones is expected to increase 34 percent to more than $11.2 billion by 2020 from $6 billion in 2017, according to a report by Gartner Inc., a research and advisory company in Stamford, Conn.

DJI is the dominant player in the drone industry with 36 percent of the market share in North America in 2016, according to Skylogic Research.

Address: 2927 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa; hours: 10 a.m to 4 p.m.; phone: 949-333-4226.


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