Keep track of Apple's retail stores worldwide
AT A GLANCE
- Apple has opened 478 retail stores across 17 countries, including 268 in the United States and 210 elsewhere, since May 2001.
- Apple is aggressively expanding its retail footprint in China, its second largest market, while renovating U.S. stores with next-generation designs.
- New York: World Trade Center
- Los Angeles: Downtown
- Toronto: Bloor Street
- Paris, France: Champs-Élysées
- Birmingham, UK: New Street
- Dublin, Ireland: O'Connell Street
- Latin America: Guadalajara and Monterrey in Mexico; Argentina, Chile, and Peru
- More: See Below
Leaked internal memos, planning and development documents, or information provided by blogs and anonymous tipsters often provide clues about Apple's retail expansion plans ahead of schedule. Most of the time, Apple has at least shown an interest in building an Apple Store in each area rumored, but sometimes those plans fall through. For that reason, none of these locations are absolutely confirmed, but many could gain a new store in the future.
Los Angeles, California
Rumors about Apple opening a retail store in downtown Los Angeles have been circulating for a few years. Possible locations that have surfaced include The Bloc, a mixed use urban development in the Financial District, and the Broadway Trade Center in the Historic Core, but Apple may have its eyes on another location in the downtown area.
In November 2015, DTLA Rising reported that Apple may be planning to take over the Tower Theatre at 8th Street and Broadway. The historic movie theater’s older architecture would be suitable for a flagship Apple Store like its Regent Street location in London, and Urban Outfitters already set precedent by moving into the nearby Rialto Theater in 2013. The timeline for the project is unknown.
In May 2016, The Los Angeles Business Journal also reported that Apple is in the process of securing a lease for retail space at the historic Tower Theatre.
Manhattan, New York
Westfield’s retail center in Manhattan’s new World Trade Center transit hub, slated to open in the first half of 2016, will include an Apple Store, according to The Wall Street Journal and multiple other sources. The transit hub itself, referred to as "Oculus," opened in March 2016. The location will mark Apple’s 9th retail store in New York City, with another six in Manhattan, one in Queens, and one on Staten Island. Apple has not yet opened retail stores in Brooklyn or The Bronx.
In February 2016, photo evidence of Apple's construction plans at Westfield WTC surfaced that seemingly confirms the upcoming store.
Macy’s closed its store at the Irvine Spectrum in April 2016, opening up a large amount of potential space at the outdoor shopping center. Accordingly, the Irvine Company has developed plans to add about 20 new stores and a new walking path to the retail space.
A rendering of its plans shows what looks like an Apple Store in the background, leading to speculation that Apple’s current Irvine Spectrum retail store may be replaced. However, Apple is a common brand for retail mockups like these. The current store opened in February 2006, so a brand new store is plausible, but the render certainly does not guarantee anything.
In February 2016, South Florida Business Journal reported that Apple will open its largest retail store in Florida at the upcoming Brickell City Centre development in Miami’s financial district. The store will be located inside a 500,000-square-foot shopping mall slated to open in late 2016. Apple has four other stores in the Miami area at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, South Beach, and The Falls shopping mall.
An anonymous tipster that provided MacRumors with accurate information about Apple’s plans to open a retail store in Mexico City also said other new stores will open throughout Latin America. Possible locations include the Mexican cities of Guadalajara and Monterrey, along with the first stores in countries Argentina, Chile, and Peru.
In June 2015, Dutch website iCulture reported that Apple posted retail job listings on local hiring websites for an upcoming store in Antwerp, Belgium. A source told the website that the Handelsbeurs building is a possible location, and the site has reportedly been approved for redevelopment. Apple’s first retail store in Belgium opened in September 2015 in Brussels.
It has long been rumored that Apple is actively exploring possible locations to open a flagship retail store along Bloor Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, the largest city in Canada, possibly including 1 Bloor Street West or 100 Bloor Street West in the upscale shopping area Mink Mile.
In late 2012, it was reported that Apple may open a store at the corner of Bloor Street West and Yonge Street, the former site of historic men’s clothing store Stollery’s, which closed in early 2015 after 114 years in business. Nearly four years later, however, the plans have may been abandoned.
The corner property has since been purchased by Mizrahi Developments, who demolished Stollery’s in 2015 to build a proposed 80-plus floor condominium tower called The One with high-end retailers at street level. Mizrahi partnered with Foster and Partners, the same architecture firm behind Apple’s Campus 2, to design the tower.
According to an anonymous tipster, Mizrahi negotiated a lease agreement with Apple for a three-floor unobstructed store space, with entrances at both street level and the underground PATH underground shopping tunnels, but Apple may be pulling out due to a lack of confidence and other concerns about the real estate project. The tower is still expected to open in 2018.
Apple has also reportedly considered nearby 100 Bloor Street West as a possible location for a flagship retail store, but the corner is now occupied by high-end Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. The long-planned departures of adjacent Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn stores, however, may create room for Apple to open its long-anticipated store.
In January 2016, German website Apfelpage shared a tweeted image of a building with covered up windows in Berlin’s Hackescher Markt square, a transit hub and nightlife area in the city’s core. While there is no evidence that Apple will be opening a store in the former restaurant, located at the corner of Rosenthaler Street and Spandau Bridge, the company has been rumored to be looking for a second location in Berlin for quite some time.
In April 2015, German website Macerkopf shared images of a building with blacked out windows in Cologne on Schildergasse, a major shopping street in the city’s core. European clothing brand Pohland vacated the building in 2015, and renovations have been underway for months for what is expected to be Cologne's second Apple Store. Evidence includes Apple's typical blacked out windows and close-up photos revealing Apple-like tables and markings inside, in addition to Cologne-based retail job listings posted by Apple in March 2016.In May 2016, Macerkopf shared new photos revealing a larger construction barrier. The website believes the store could open in the second half of 2016.
Apple signed a 12-year lease in Paris, France for a building at 114 Avenue des Champs-Élysées in December 2015, according to French newspaper Le Figaro. Rumors about a store on Champs-Élysées have been circulating since 2012, and it now appears that Apple has finally secured a lease for a storefront on the famous street. Le Figaro says the store will not open until 2018 or 2019 because Apple needs time to create a building plan with architectural design partner Foster and Partners and obtain authorization for a remodel.
Apple’s first flagship retail store in the Nordic Region could open in Stockholm, Sweden, according to local tabloid Expressen. The store is expected to open near Harbour Street in the city’s Kungsträdgården central park area within two years, the report claims.
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts reportedly told Stockholm officials that the store will be a flagship location like New York City’s Fifth Avenue store, and she called Stockholm an “amazing city” in a statement provided to Expressen.
Expressen said the store will be designed in tandem with Apple’s frequent architectural partner Foster + Partners, and their report said the store’s facade is likely to be constructed entirely of glass so that those passing by will be able to see the park through the building.
In February 2016, Swedish website Feber shared photos and a video of the proposed store. The renders, presented to Stockholm city officials by Apple Europe retail director Wendy Beckman, confirm the store will have a glass design similar to Apple Stores in Palo Alto, California and Portland, Oregon.
Apple is planning to open a third retail store in Istanbul, Turkey later in 2016, according to the website MacReports. The new store will reportedly be located in the under-construction Emaar Square Mall that will feature 491 stores and restaurants, a hotel, and apartment rooms for residents. The company is said to have posted job listings on Turkish employment websites for the store. Apple’s two existing stores in Istanbul, both of which opened in 2014, are located at Zorlu Mall and Akasya Mall.
Apple will take over a six-story building recently vacated by British bookstore Waterstones on New Street in Birmingham, England, according to the Birmingham Mail. The building was originally built in 1879 for Midland Bank.
Major renovation planning documents for the inside of the 20,000-square-foot former banking hall were submitted to the Birmingham City Council in mid 2015, and MacRumors reader Stephen Cooper tweeted that renovations remain in progress as of May 2016.
Apple is reportedly likely to close its Bullring store, also located in Birmingham, once its new store opens.
In January 2016, The Times of India reported that Apple filed an application with India’s department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) to open its own retail stores in the country. The company is also seeking to sell its products online in India. Apple currently distributes its products in India through independent resellers and carriers.
DIPP confirmed that they received Apple’s proposal and are currently "examining it," according to the report. In February 2016, Bloomberg reported that Apple is close to receiving approval to open its first retail store locations in India, but it will first have to resubmit its application to the Indian government due to a format problem.
Apple's application did not indicate how much investment it would make in opening retail stores in the country. The move comes shortly after India loosened rules involving foreign companies investing in single-brand retail and online stores. Apple’s revenue in India topped $1 billion for the first time in the fiscal year ending March 2015.
In March 2016, The Times of India reported that Apple is planning to open a "Fifth Avenue-like" flagship store and other retail outlets in India to compete with Samsung. Real estate companies are reportedly "scouting for 15,000-20,000 square feet on high streets and in malls" in prime locations such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, and Pune.
In late April 2016, it was reported that the Indian government agreed to approve Apple's request to open its own retail stores in the country.
Following the approval, Indian website FactorDaily reported that Apple will open high-street retail stores in Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai by the end of 2017, each of which will span more than 10,000 square feet at a cost of $3-5 million per store.
In April 2016, The Irish Independent reported that Apple has been in negotiations wth consortium Natrium for "several months" about opening a retail store on O’Connell Street in Dublin at the former location of department store Clerys, which closed in June 2015.
Apple does not have an official retail presence in the Republic of Ireland, instead relying on authorized resellers to provide sales and support throughout the country. The nearest Apple Store by land is in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.
Apple typically announces a new retail store on its website a few weeks before its grand opening, but in some cases the company will post job listings for new locations several months in advance, especially in countries and regions where it lacks an existing retail presence. In rarer cases, Apple will confirm a new store on Twitter or in a press statement. The stores listed below have been directly confirmed by Apple in some way, but not all of them have received a grand opening date.
In November 2015, the Chicago Tribune shared renderings of Apple's planned new flagship store at Pioneer Court alongside the Chicago River. The new store will reportedly "echo" legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style homes, which Wright pioneered near the city. Apple's current flagship store in Chicago is the four-story North Michigan Avenue store, which it has occupied since 2003.
The store will be located near the historic Michigan Bridge and include a "grand flight of stairs" that will go from street-level to a walkway alongside the Chicago River's north bank. On the street-level side, the store will have an entry pavilion that's 14-feet high. Pedestrians entering from N. Michigan Avenue will have to proceed downward onto the sales floor via stairs or an elevator.
The new flagship will have glass walls with a thin, high-strength carbon fiber roof. The 20,000-square-foot store will replace a vacant food court, and an Apple spokesman confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that it wants to start construction in 2016. The Tribune notes that the new store could be a "boon for the neighborhood," shifting retail focus on Michigan Avenue further south and encouraging development of future architectural projects in the area.
Brooklyn, New York
In December 2014, it was reported that Apple is planning a new retail store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Apple signed a long-term lease for a 20-000-square-foot store at 247 Bedford Avenue, at the corner of North 3rd Street, according to The New York Post, and the building was under renovation as of September 2015. The location would mark Apple’s 10th store in New York City after its reported World Trade Center store opens in the second half of 2016.
In May 2016, Apple posted job listings on its website and LinkedIn for various retail positions in Brooklyn.
On January 4, 2016, an anonymous tipster provided MacRumors with an internal document showing that Apple is hiring retail employees in Mexico City. The tipster claimed the first Apple Store in Mexico will be located in Mexico City’s upscale Centro Santa Fe shopping mall, the largest in Latin America.
A few days later, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the plans by linking to an article about the store on Mexican news website Sopitas. Our anonymous tipster also claims Apple Stores will open in other Mexican cities, including Guadalajara and Monterrey, and in Chile, Peru, and Argentina, but that info has yet to be confirmed.
Apple posted job listings on September 19, 2015 and earlier for an upcoming retail store in Macau, a Special Administrative Region in China. The company is looking to fill store, management, and business positions, in addition to hiring for the Apple Store Leader Program.
In June 2015, Chinese-language newspaper Macao Daily reported that Apple is planning to open a flagship retail store in Macau, situated on a small peninsula across from Hong Kong, but the exact location remains unclear. Apple hiring in 2015 indicates the store could open later this year.
Apple posted job listings on November 12, 2015 for an upcoming retail store in Singapore, slated to be the first in the Southeast Asia city-state. On November 15, 2015, Apple confirmed it will open a store in Singapore, powered by 100% renewable energy, although it did not provide a timeframe.
The Pure Group announced in October 2015 that its Pure Fitness gym, located in the Knightsbridge four-story luxury shopping center in Singapore, would be closing on December 15, 2015 to make space for the first Apple Store in the country opening in "late 2016."
Apple has since erected a large white barrier as construction is underway at the former Pure Fitness gym site.
Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts provided TechCrunch with the following statement about the upcoming Singapore store:
“We have more than 900 incredible employees working in our Singapore contact center and are thrilled to begin hiring the team that will open our first Apple Store in Singapore — an incredible international city and shopping destination. We can’t wait to deliver the service, education and entertainment that is loved by Apple customers around the world.”
Apple does not have an official retail presence in Singapore, situated south of Malaysia, but the Apple Online Store and dozens of Apple Authorized Resellers operate in the region. The closest Apple retail stores are located several hours away by plane in Australia and Hong Kong.
Apple announced that its 38th retail store in China opens in Shanghai on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. local time. The new store will be located at the Global Harbor shopping mall at 3300 North Zhongshan Road in the city's Putuo District.
Since opening its first retail store in 2001, Apple has grown to become one of the most valuable companies in the world. Apple now has over 1 million customers visit its retail stores per day around the world, and many of its earliest locations, particularly those in shopping malls, are too small and narrow to accommodate the increased foot traffic.
Moreover, Apple's product lineup has expanded well beyond the Mac and iPod to include the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and more. In most stores, for example, Apple has at least one table dedicated to Apple Watch try-ons and demos, and this can take up considerable space in smaller stores that could be used to display other products or host workshops.
For those reasons combined, Apple is in the process of renovating several of its retail stores in the United States. Many of the locations will expand by adding a floor or taking over adjacent storefronts, while some stores will be relocating entirely. Apple usually sets up a smaller temporary pop-up shop near affected locations until renovations are completed.
Apple's next-generation store design, spearheaded by design chief Jony Ive and retail head Angela Ahrendts, was introduced in 2015. The new look often includes a combination of light boxes extending the length of the ceiling, indoor trees, touch-sensitive sequoia wood tables, new wide shelves for Beats headphones and other accessories, and large digital screens for product marketing.
Planned or In Progress
Fifth Avenue in New York, New York
In June 2015, the Associated Press reported that Apple's iconic cube-shaped store on Fifth Avenue in New York City will eventually close for renovations and temporarily relocate to an adjacent 61,000-square-foot retail space vacated by FAO Schwarz toy store in the General Motors Building.
In May 2016, the New York Post reported that Apple "remains likely to open in some or all" of the former FAO Schwarz space on a temporary basis while it renovates the underground portion of its iconic glass cube store. The exact timeline still remains unclear.
Regent Street in London, England
Apple is in the process of remodeling its flagship Regent Street retail store in London, England. The company contracted award-winning architecture firm Foster and Partners to design the layout of the new store, which remains open for business at the basement level with limited Genius Bar appointments and no workshops.
The renovation proposed in mid 2015 consisted of the partial removal of the existing mezzanine floor at the front of the store, the relocation of three columns to create a more spacious feel, the removal of the existing main glass stairs leading up to the mezzanine level and replacement with two new side staircases, and re-configuration of the back of house at the basement level with improved staff facilities.
Foster and Partners will also be removing the four Apple logos found on the store's facade in order to allow more natural light inside and preserve the historic look of the building. The store's overall square footage will be reduced by 4,400 square feet, or around 25% of the current size, and the interior will consist of terrazzo floor, GFRC cladding on the walls and oak timber for all fittings and fixtures, per a planning application filed with the City of Westminster.
Apple's flagship Regent Street retail store opened in November 2004 and attracts over 4 million visitors per year. The iconic store was last expanded and remodeled in mid-2006 to become the largest Apple Store location at the time. Apple has contracted Foster and Partners for several other projects in recent months, including the design of Campus 2 and remodeling of Apple's flagship San Francisco store.
Apple’s Buchanan Street retail store in Glasgow, Scotland is currently closed for remodeling — likely a next-generation store design. Apple recommends that customers visit the Braehead store, also located in Glasgow, during the closure. The store originally opened in August 2007.
Apple Store, Derby Street, located in the Boston suburb of Hingham, Massachusetts, closed on January 10, 2016 for renovation — likely a next-generation store design. No temporary store has been opened, so Apple recommends customers visit the nearby Apple Store, South Shore location during the closure. The store originally opened in February 2006.
St. Louis, Missouri
In January 2016, St. Louis Sports Co. announced on Facebook that their West County Center location in Des Peres, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, would be closing at the end of the month to allow for the nearby Apple retail store to "drastically" expand.
In February 2016, Apple began renovations of its West County Center store, which originally opened in September 2002, and opened a temporary store next to Abercrombie & Fitch. As of mid May 2016, Apple has yet to update the store listing on its website to reflect the ongoing renovations.
Apple Store, Legacy Place, located in the Boston suburb of Dedham, Massachusetts, closed on February 28, 2016 for renovation — likely a next-generation store design. No temporary store has been opened, so Apple recommends customers visit the nearby Apple Store, South Shore location during the closure. The Legacy Place location originally opened in August 2009.
Thousand Oaks, California
Apple has announced that its store at The Oaks shopping mall in Thousand Oaks, California, which first opened on October 29, 2005, closed for next-generation design renovations on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Apple recommends that customers visit the nearby Apple Store in Simi Valley.
In February 2016, MacRumors received detailed blueprints outlining Apple's plans to relocate its existing The Fashion Mall at Keynote retail store into a larger 10,800-square-foot space inside the shopping mall in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The new store will be located just two units down the hall from Apple's existing location in the mall. Apple will likely keep its existing store open while it renovates the new space to match the look of its next-generation store layout. The timeline for the project remains unknown.
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A building permit on record with the City of Pleasanton, California shows that unit B110 in Stoneridge Mall, which Abercrombie & Fitch has since vacated, will be repurposed as a larger 9,991-square-foot Apple Store. There is also a permit for a future elevator shaft within the space. The plans are currently pending approval.
Apple's existing store in Stoneridge Mall, which opened in September 2004, is much smaller and will presumably close upon the new store's completion. Apple will likely keep the current store open while it renovates the new space to match the look of its next-generation store layout. The building permit has an expiration date of August 8, 2016.
Apple closed its Clarendon store in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C., on Sunday, April 3, 2016 for renovations. The original store opened on December 1, 2001. Apple recommends that customers visit the nearby Tysons Corner store during the closure.
Apple closed its Willow Bend retail store in Plano, Texas on Sunday, April 17, 2016 for renovations. The location originally opened in August 2001 as the third Apple Store in the company's history. Apple recommends that customers visit the Stonebriar store in Frisco, Texas until the renovations are completed.
West Des Moines, Iowa
Apple has closed its retail store at the Jordan Creek Town Center shopping mall in West Des Moines, Iowa for renovations, including an expansion that will nearly triple the size of the location to about 7,160 square feet, according to The Des Moines Register.
The original Apple Store, which opened on November 6, 2004, will be taking over the adjacent Brookstone store to the west, which closed in January 2016, and the vacated Clarks store to the east. The location will also likely be updated with Apple’s next-generation store design.
The renovations will take about five months to be completed, according to Jordan Creek Town Center general manager Randy Tennison. Apple opened a temporary location across from the current store on April 13, in a storefront previously occupied by New York & Company.
Apple's retail store at the Westfield Montgomery shopping mall in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C., was scheduled to close on Sunday, May 8, 2016 for renovations. Apple recommends that customers visit the nearby Bethesda Row store during the closure.However, Store Reporter claims the closure has been pushed back by a few weeks due to construction delays.
In April 2016, local news website Bethesda Magazine reported that the Apple Store will expand to take over adjacent storefronts already vacated by retailers Teavana and BCBG Max Azria. The store will reportedly re-open in Fall 2016.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Apple closed its retail store at the Penn Square Mall shopping center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Monday, April 18, 2016 for renovations. A temporary store has been opened on the upper level of the mall in the Macy's wing.
The current 4,500-square-foot Apple Store at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, will soon relocate to a larger 10,000-square-foot space in the Dullard’s wing on the second floor, according to Tomorrow’s News Today. The report did not specify if a temporary store will be opened.
Apple and Perimeter Mall management declined to confirm the new store, but a black construction barricade at the planned site is a clear indicator that the original store, which opened in June 2006, will be relocated. The new store reportedly could open by August or September of 2016.
Lone Tree, Colorado
Apple plans to relocate its 3,000-square-foot retail store at the Park Meadows shopping mall in Lone Tree, Colorado to a nearby 12,000-square-foot space by September 2016, according to local news website The Villager.
The exact timeline for the relocation remains unknown, but the current store remains open as of May 2016. The new store will feature Apple's next-generation design and alleviate overcrowding issues at the current location, which first opened in April 2007.
Apple transformed its Company Store on its One Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino into a mini-sized Apple Store that sells products such as iPhones, iPads, and Beats headphones. The store’s grand reopening took place on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time, and the location continues to sell Apple-branded t-shirts, notebooks, coffee mugs, and other accessories.
Apple’s first retail store in Hong Kong, located at the International Finance Centre (IFC), expanded into a third floor in late 2015. The flagship IFC location originally opened in September 2011, and Apple had promised a third floor would be added for over two years. Apple has three other stores in Hong Kong.
Brent Cross, London, England
Apple finished renovating one of its first next-generation stores in Europe at Brent Cross in London, England in early 2016. The store quietly reopened with large glass panels at the entrance, large digital screens for product marketing, sequoia wood tables, and new wide shelves. The facade also no longer has an Apple logo. Apple Store, Brent Cross originally opened in January 2006.
Corte Madera, California
Apple finished renovating its first U.S. next-generation store in Corte Madera, California in early 2016. The store now has light boxes extending the length of the ceiling, large digital screens for product marketing, sequoia wood tables, and new wide shelves for Beats headphones and other accessories. The store originally opened in November 2003 with a narrow layout.
Albany, New York
The Apple Store at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland, a suburb of Albany, New York closed in August 2015 for a major redesign. A temporary store was opened in the meantime on the main level of the shopping mall next to Hollister.
Apple completed renovations over the ensuing five months, and the new store opened on Saturday, February 27, 2016. The new store features Apple's next-generation retail design, ranging from swiveled glass doors to a large screen for product marketing.
Buffalo, New York
The Apple Store at the Walden Galleria shopping mall in Cheektowaga, a suburb of Buffalo, New York, closed for renovations in October 2015 and reopened on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time. A temporary store located just down the hall next to Sears has since closed.
Walden Galleria became one of the first U.S. shopping malls with an Apple Store in November 2001. Despite being renovated in 2009, it will benefit from the visual facelift and more space to accommodate the high number of both American and Canadian shoppers in the border city.
Apple’s retail store at the Shops of Saddle Creek North in Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, relocated to a new location at 2031 West Street in the nearby Shops of Saddle Creek South on Saturday, March 26, 2016.
The new store has Apple's standard next-generation design, including high-flung ceiling lined with light panels and spotlights, which illuminate product display tables that have been arranged to maximize floorspace and achieve a sense of openness.
The wooden tables have been redesigned by Ive and now contain motion sensors that operate a flip-up panel concealing power outlets and ports. There is also a new 37-foot display screen opposite the store's all-glass facade.
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
The Apple Store in The Mall at Chestnut Hill in Newton, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, closed around November 2015 for a major expansion that included taking over two adjacent storefronts. The original store opened in June 2003 and had been last remodeled in 2007.
The new store opened on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The next-generation design looks virtually identical to other renovated stores, including large glass panes along the facade and a widescreen digital screen across the rear for product marketing.
Apple Store, Aspen Grove, located in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colorado, closed on January 31, 2016 for renovation — likely a next-generation store design. No temporary store has been opened, but there are Apple Stores in Denver, Lone Tree, Boulder, Broomfield, and Colorado Springs within an hour’s drive. The Aspen Grove location originally opened in November 2001.
The renovated Apple Store in Aspen Grove opened on Saturday, April 30, 2016 with a new glass facade and other next-generation design elements.
San Francisco, California
In 2013, Apple submitted plans to move its flagship San Francisco retail store to a new location three blocks away. The new location at Stockton and Post streets is directly adjacent to Union Square, the focal point of San Francisco's high-end shopping district, and situated above the city’s Central Subway project that has resulted in construction in the nearby area.
Following over two years of construction, Apple's grand opening of the Union Square store occurred on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Apple’s former downtown San Francisco store at 1 Stockton Street, originally opened in 2004, closed permanently on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
The store features Apple’s next-generation design, including open spaces, high ceilings, enormous windows, redesigned product display areas, and a large 6K video screen. Unique to the San Francisco store are two sets of massive 42-foot tall glass doors that slide open 40 feet to leave the front and back of the store open to the street and a rear plaza.
In May 2016, Apple published a press release outlining many new features of its flagship Union Square store, some of which will be adopted at the company’s other retail locations:
- The Avenue: Interactive themed “windows” showcasing Apple products and services, alongside a curated selection of “Only at Apple” third-party accessories. New “Creative Pros” will be available to offer “advice and expertise” about each of the displays.
- Genius Grove: A section at the center of the store designated for customers to receive support side-by-side with Geniuses under the canopy of local trees. This area is able to accommodate more customers than a traditional Genius Bar commonly found in other stores.
- The Forum: Apple describes this area as a “vibrant gathering place” next to the large 6K Video Wall, where “Today at Apple” sessions and other daily and monthly events will be hosted related to education, creative arts, music, games, and more.
- The Plaza: Apple has connected its Union Square store with the surrounding community with The Plaza, an outdoor area open 24/7 and featuring a 50-foot green wall, public Wi-Fi, seating for 200 people, and a fountain created by sculpture artists Ruth Asawa. Apple says the space will feature live acoustic performances.
- The Boardroom: A room with tables and chairs at the back of the store where Apple’s Business Team can offer hands-on advice and training to entrepreneurs, developers, and other small and medium business customers.
Apple's retail expansion efforts to start 2016 have been focused on China, where it has opened nine new stores in Xiamen, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Tianjin, Dalian, Qingdao, Fuzhou, and Jinan since the beginning of the year. Apple now has 37 retail stores in Greater China, which includes China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and it is quickly approaching its goal of 40 new stores in the country.
China is Apple's second biggest market by total revenue after the Americas. The company recorded $12.48 billion revenue in Greater China in the second fiscal quarter of 2016, compared to $19.09 billion revenue in the Americas. China, which has a population of nearly 1.4 billion, could eventually eclipse the U.S. as Apple's biggest market, although its growth slowed in the most recent quarter.
Apple opened its 37th retail store in China in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is located in the Parc 66 shopping mall.
Apple opened a new retail store in Marseille, the second largest city in France, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
The next-generation store is located at the Les Terrasses du Port shopping center, which is already home to some 190 retailers, at 9 Quai du Lazaret.
Apple opened its 36th retail store in China in Fuzhou on Saturday, April 2, 2016. The store is located at the Fuzhou Wusibei Thaihot Plaza shopping mall in the city’s Jinan District.
Apple opened its 35th retail store in China in Tianjin, on Saturday, March 26, 2016. The store is located in the new Riverside 66 shopping complex on 166 Xing'an Road in the city's Heping District.
Apple opened its 34th retail store in China in Dalian, a major port city in southern Liaoning Province, on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The new store is located in the Olympia 66 shopping center on Wusi Road in the city's Xigang District.
Apple opened its 33rd Chinese retail store in Qingdao, a port city bordering the East China Sea, on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is located in the new MixC shopping mall on 6 Shandong Road in the city's coastal Shinan District.
MixC Qingdao is the largest luxury shopping mall in China, with over 400 popular fashion stores, dining restaurants, cafes, and entertainment facilities, including an indoor theme park with a rollercoaster. The mall also includes an Olympic size ice skating rink and the most expensive cinema in China with IMAX and 4D.
Apple opened its 32nd Chinese retail store in Guangzhou on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is located in the Parc Central retail development at 218 Tianhe Road in the city's Tianhe District.
Parc Central serves as a major public transit hub for Guangzhou. The retail development resembles an urban park above ground, where the Apple Store is situated, while the underground level is accessible via China's metro system and bus network.
Apple opened its 31st Chinese retail store in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu, on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time. lThe store is located in the IST shopping mall at 100 Zhongshan Road in the city’s Xuanwu District.
Apple’s 30th Chinese retail store opened in Xiamen, a major port city along the Taiwan Strait, on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is located in the SM Lifestyle Center shopping mall at 399 Jiahe Road in the city's southeastern Siming District.
Apple opened its 29th Chinese retail store in Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning, on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is located in the MixC Shenyang shopping mall at 288 Qingnian Street in the city’s Heping District. Shenyang is located about 250 miles northeast of Dalian, China.
Apple began an aggressive push into China in 2015 under the leadership of retail chief Angela Ahrendts. The company opened a dozen new Chinese stores throughout the year, including the first two locations in Hangzhou and a fifth store in Beijing. Apple also opened new stores in Chongqing, Dalian, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Nanning, Shenyang, Tianjin, and Zhengzhou.
Elsewhere, Apple opened its first two Middle East retail stores in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The first Apple Store in Belgium also opened in Brussels in September, the same month as new Florence, Italy and redesigned One Infinite Loop locations opened. Meanwhile, New York City gained two more stores alongside one new store in both Australia and Brazil.
Many of the locations are based on Apple's next-generation store design inspired by chief design officer Jony Ive. The new layouts generally include large glass doors, light boxes extending the length of the ceiling, indoor trees, touch-sensitive sequoia wood tables, new wide shelves and tables for products and accessories, and large digital screens for product marketing.
Apple opened its 28th Chinese retail store in Nanning on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. local time. The store is located in the MixC Nanning shopping mall at 136 Minzu Avenue in the city’s Qingxiu District and features Jony Ive’s next-generation store design.
Apple opened its fifth retail store in Beijing, and 27th in China, on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is located in the Chaoyang Joy City shopping mall at 101 Chaoyang North Road in Beijing's Chaoyang District. The brightly lit location is based on Apple's next-generation store design adopted in 2015.
Apple opened a new two-floor retail store in Chengdu, China, a major city in Sichuan, on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is the 26th in China and the second in Chengdu, alongside an existing Apple Store at the MixC Chengdu shopping mall.
The new Chengdu store is located in the upscale Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li shopping center at 8 Middle Shamao Street in the Jinjiang District, where several high-end retailers such as Gucci, Omega, and Zara are located. The store is open everyday between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. local time.
Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Apple opened its first two Middle East retail stores in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the two most populous cities in the United Arab Emirates, on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The stores filled a large regional gap, as the nearest Apple Stores were previously located several hours away by plane in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey.
The new Apple Store in Dubai is located at the Mall of the Emirates, a large multi-level shopping mall with more than 600 retail outlets, 100 restaurants and cafes, 80 luxury stores, an indoor ski resort and snow park, a 500-seat theater and more. Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi store is located inside the similarly luxurious Yas Mall.
Apple opened its 21st Chinese retail store in Dalian, a major port city in Liaoning, on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. local time. The new store is located in the six-floor Parkland shopping mall at 19 Jiefang Road in the city’s Zhongshan District, and its layout is similar to other shopping mall locations.
Dalian, a city of 4 million people with a total of over 6.5 million people in the region, is located on the Liaodong Peninsula separating the Bohai Sea from Korea Bay in northeastern China. It is a major seaport, financial center and tourist magnet for the region, drawing significant numbers of visitors from China, Japan and Korea.
Apple opened its first retail store in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu, at the Wonder City shopping mall on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store has a very wide layout and does not have an Apple logo at front and center, a move that is believed to help distinguish real Apple Stores from counterfeit ones in China.
Apple’s new retail store in Brussels, the first in Belgium, opened on Avenue de la Toison d'Or to long lines. Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted a photo from the grand opening, which occurred on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 am local time. The store was the first to feature a Jony Ive-inspired design with large and virtually seamless curved glass panels on the facade and sequoia wood tables and shelves inside.
Apple opened an iconic retail store in Florence, Italy on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is situated in the picturesque Republic Square, known locally as the Piazza della Repubblica, and marks the first location in Florence and the 16th overall in Italy.
Apple's fourth retail store in Hong Kong, located at 100 Canton Road in the region’s upscale shopping area of Tsim Sha Tsui, held its grand opening on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. local time.
The multi-floor Canton Road location is one of the biggest Apple Stores in Asia, with a large panelled glass facade, and marks the fourth store in Hong Kong alongside Causeway Bay, Festival Walk, and IFC Mall locations.
Apple’s only new Australian retail store in 2015 opened its doors in Miranda, a suburb of Sydney in New South Wales, on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is located at the Westfield Miranda shopping center.
The new Miranda location marks the ninth store in New South Wales, joining the existing Bondi, Broadway, Castle Towers, Charlestown, Chatswood Chase, Hornsby, Penrith, and Sydney retail stores. Apple now operates 22 stores in Australia.
Queens, New York
Apple’s first retail store in Queens, New York, located in the Queens Center shopping mall in the Elmhurst neighborhood, held its grand opening on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
The new Queens store is Apple’s 8th retail outlet in New York City, with six other stores in Manhattan and one on Staten Island. Apple has not yet opened retail stores in Brooklyn or The Bronx.
Manhattan, New York
Apple opened a new retail store in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, at the time its 7th location in New York City, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10:00 am local time. The store is located at 940 Madison Avenue, on the corner of 74th Street, occupying a former banking complex built in 1921 that most recently housed luxury retailer VBH.
The building itself offers a large amount of space, featuring a 4,000-square-foot ground level and 1,000-square-foot mezzanine. Apple leased the building in early 2014 and the site had been under renovation for at least 18 months prior to the store opening. The location is one of the first to be based on Jony Ive’s next-generation store design.
Apple opened its second retail store in Hangzhou, China, located in the MixC Hangzhou shopping mall in the city’s Jianggan District, on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. local time. The grand opening coincided with the very first Apple Watch launch day, and occurred less than three months after Apple opened its first store in Hangzhou, called West Lake.
São Paulo, Brazil
Apple’s second retail store in Brazil opened in São Paulo, the most populous city in the country, on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The new store is located in the Morumbi shopping center at 1089 Roque Petroni Junior Avenue in the neighborhood of Vila Gertrude, joining Apple's first retail store in Brazil that opened at the Village Mall in Rio de Janeiro in February 2014.
Apple opened its first retail store in Shenyang, the capital and largest city in Liaoning, China, on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The multi-floor store is located in the Zhongjie Joy City shopping complex. YouTube user Leopold Fan shared a video of the store’s grand opening festivities.
In time for the Chinese New Year in 2015, Apple opened its first retail store in Tianjin, China on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is located at the Tianjin Joy City shopping center in the city’s Nankai District. Apple released a new Chinese ad called “The Song” around the same time.
Apple opened a flagship retail store in Chongqing, China on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10:00 am local time. The store is located at the city’s Jiefangbei Square, and features a large, cylindrical glass structure that hides a staircase down to lower levels of the retail space — much like the Fifth Avenue store in New York City.
Apple’s first retail store in Hangzhou, China, called West Lake, opened on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. local time. Apple celebrated the grand opening with a calligraphy video featuring artist Wang Dongling. The brightly lit, two-floor design with large glass panels gives the store flagship status.
Apple’s first retail store opened in 2015 was at the MixC Zhengzhou shopping mall in Zhengzhou, China on Saturday, January 10 at 10:00 a.m. local time. The store is located on the mall’s second floor next to clothing store Calvin Klein. The store has a traditional earlier-generation shopping mall design without an Apple logo as an anti-counterfeit measure.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who returned to the company as CEO in 1997, recognized the need for a better customer experience than the one provided by its third-party retailer partners like Circuit City, Office Max, and Sears. Jobs started by cutting ties with thousands of independent resellers and focusing Apple’s retail efforts with CompUSA between 1997 and 2000. During this time, Apple developed its first store-within-a-store concept, similar to those found in Best Buy locations today.
In 1999, Jobs began recruiting a team of retail experts, including former Gap CEO Millard Drexler and Target’s vice president of merchandising Ron Johnson, who was appointed as Apple’s senior vice president of retail operations in January 2000. Johnson’s team, alongside a development team headed by Allen Moyer of The Walt Disney Company, began creating a series of mock Apple stores in a secret warehouse near the company’s Cupertino headquarters.
Just months after the dot-com collapse, and given the failure of PC maker Gateway's retail efforts, some critics viewed the idea as a risky move. Nonetheless, Apple's first two retail stores opened in Tysons Corner, Virginia and Glendale, California on May 19, 2001. Ultimately, Apple's retail stores turned out to be a resounding success, and they now attract over 1 million customers worldwide per day and generate the highest sales per square foot of any U.S. retailer.
Apple today announced that its first two retail locations welcomed over 7700 people and sold a combined total of $599,000 of merchandise during their first two day weekend. The stores, located in Glendale, California and McLean, Virginia are the first of 25 stores the company is opening across the U.S. in 2001.
Apple's retail footprint has since expanded to 478 stores spanning 17 countries, including 268 in the U.S. and 210 combined in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China and Hong Kong, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Apple also confirmed it will be opening its first stores in Mexico, and is rumored to expand to Argentina, Chile, and Peru in the future.
The majority of U.S. stores operate within indoor shopping malls, while some stores have standalone locations along busy streets or shopping areas. Apple also has several flagship stores worldwide, considered by many to be architectural wonders, including its iconic Fifth Avenue glass cube in New York City and Regent Street store in London, England. The photo gallery below provides a look at some of Apple’s nicest retail stores opened to date.
Apple retail stores remained under Ron Johnson's leadership until he left in 2011 to become CEO of department store company J. C. Penney. His position remained vacant for nearly one year, until former Dixons CEO John Browett took over in April 2012. His time at Apple was short lived, however, as it is believed he did not fit within the company's culture. Browett left the company in October 2012, and Apple's retail team reported to CEO Tim Cook while the company began searching for his replacement.
In October 2013, Apple announced that it hired former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores. She assumed the role in May 2014, and remains in that position today. Prior to joining Apple, Ahrendts is largely credited with boosting Burberry back to fame after a decline, tripling the company's revenue and working to merge Burberry's online experience with the brick and mortar experience.
Today, under the leadership of Ahrendts, Apple is aggressively expanding its retail footprint in China, its second largest market, while renovating U.S. stores with next-generation designs. Following Jony Ive's promotion to Chief Design Officer at Apple, it was announced that he would be working with Ahrendts on new designs for new and existing stores. Apple has since opened next-generation stores in Brussels, Corte Madera, Cupertino, Memphis, Dubai, London, multiple Chinese cities, and elsewhere.