HTC wants to launch a retail store in the future. HTC is probably one of those phone manufacturers who design some of the best phones: HTC Incredible, HTC Desire HD and the list goes on and on….
It makes sense for HTC to want to position themselves to reach customers directly rather than selling through carriers. Microsoft has been doing that with their stores and so far it seems to be working.
No date on when they might start developing stores but my best bet is next year when Windows Phone 7 phones are in full force.