Apple Watch Pop-Up Shop Also Planned for London's Selfridges Department Store

Apple is planning to open a dedicated pop-up shop for the Apple Watch at high-end department store Selfridges in London, according to sources. The shop will likely be located near the entrance of the iconic Wonder Room, a 19,000-square-foot shopping hall that houses a wide selection of luxury jewelry and watch brands alongside a concept store and mezzanine wine bar.

Wonder Room Selfridges

Wonder Room at Selfridges in London houses fine jewelry and watches

A section of Selfridges located near the Wonder Room was boarded up earlier this month to allow for construction of the expected Apple Watch pop-up shop, sources say. The store-within-a-store concept will display various Apple Watch models and provide customers with a personalized shopping experience, potentially including One to One service for those interested in learning more about the wrist-worn device.

Apple is recruiting retail employees from nearby Apple Stores in London to fill Specialist vacancies at an upcoming Central London location, which is likely to be this Selfridges boutique. The pop-up shop is expected to be readied in time for the Apple Watch launch in April and will likely join Galeries Lafayette as one of multiple standalone Apple Watch stores that Apple plans to open throughout Europe.

Selfridges has the second-largest retail space in the United Kingdom behind competing high-end department store Harrods. The store offers a myriad of designer jewelry and accessories, such as watches, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings. With the Apple Watch positioned at least partially as a fashion item, the department store offers an ideal setting for the wrist-worn device to be displayed.

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Top Rated Comments

AppleP59 Avatar
99 months ago
This makes sense for Apple Watch. Who wants to shop in a busy and noisy store for a high priced luxury item? A quiet area of a store that already sells luxury items is ideal.

"I'm going to take a quiet relaxing stroll down Oxford street."
- said no Londoner, ever.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macs4nw Avatar
99 months ago

Article Link: Apple Watch Pop-Up Shop Also Planned for London's Selfridges Department Store (https://www.macrumors.com/2015/03/01/apple-watch-selfridges-shop/)

Another logical and expected masterstroke by Apple that has Angela Ahrendts written all over it. Go girl.....
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BvizioN Avatar
99 months ago
But remember, you can only sell the watch to people who own an iPhone.

Which happen to be hundreds of millions so my guess is Apple is fine with that.
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ozaz Avatar
99 months ago
But remember, you can only sell the watch to people who own an iPhone. It is an accessory to an iPhone. This is akin to iPhone case kiosks.

Prey sure a very high proportion of those who shop at Selfridges and similarly high end stores will be iPhone users.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rorschach Avatar
99 months ago
It could be that mall Apple Stores will only sell the Sport version while flagship stores with two floors or segregated rooms like they have at Grand Central Station would sell the pricer models.

Not gonna happen. There's no way that Apple will destroy the consistency they have among their stores. Every store carries all the same products and offers the same services.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dec. Avatar
99 months ago
But remember, you can only sell the watch to people who own an iPhone. It is an accessory to an iPhone. This is akin to iPhone case kiosks.

errr... yes.... and?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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