*UPDATE* – RIM has provided us the following statement regarding this matter found here.

Some new rumors have spread around today as Cantech Letter sources told them that Research in Motion will soon be closing all its branded stores located in the United States. RIM has one stand-alone and nine airport stores, as well as other sixty wireless retail stores managed by Wireless Giant.

Of course, this is only a rumor for now, but might be one way RIM seeks to cut erroneous costs. One of the stores employees said that he has no information and hasn’t heard anything about the store closing. What do you guys think, true or false? If this were to be true, do you think closing those retail store will have any impact?

via Cantech Letter