Two Apple Stores in U.S. Permanently Closing Today

As previously announced, Apple will be permanently closing its Infinite Loop and Royal Hawaiian retail stores in the U.S. later today. Apple said all employees at both stores would be given the opportunity to remain with the company.

Apple Infinite Loop Store

Apple Infinite Loop

Infinite Loop served as Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California from 1993 until 2017, when Apple Park opened nearby. The store on the campus is located at street level near the entrance to the main office building, and it has sold a mix of Apple products and Apple-branded merchandise, such as shirts, reusable bottles, mugs, and notebooks.

After the Apple Park Visitor Center opened in 2017, the Infinite Loop store became redundant. The newer and larger Visitor Center carries Apple-branded merchandise, and it features a café, a rooftop terrace, and an augmented reality model of Apple Park. Apple also has a store at the Valley Fair shopping mall to serve customers in the area.

"After many years of serving customers at our stores in the Bay Area, we plan to close our store at Infinite Loop," said Apple, in a statement shared last month. The store will permanently close its doors at 6 p.m. local time today.

Apple's store at Infinite Loop first opened in 1993 as The Company Store, and it mostly sold Apple-branded merchandise. The location became a more traditional Apple retail store in 2015 following renovations, but it still lacked a Genius Bar.

Apple Royal Hawaiian

Apple Royal Hawaiian

Apple Royal Hawaiian in Honolulu will follow suit and permanently close its doors at 9 p.m. local time today, after over 15 years of operations.

"Apple continuously evaluates its retail footprint to ensure it is in the best possible position to provide exceptional customer service and support for its customers," the company said in a letter to Hawaii's Department of Labor and Industrial Relations last year. Apple has two other stores in Honolulu at Ala Moana and Kahala.

Apple operates 271 other retail stores across the U.S., and it opened a new store in Seoul, South Korea earlier today.

Top Rated Comments

jlc1978 Avatar
4 weeks ago
I remember the Company Store. I still have an Apple logo wall clock from there.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jlc1978 Avatar
4 weeks ago

It’s an ugly corporate building.
For a corporate office the architecture isn't that bad; it's at least interesting.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonblatho Avatar
4 weeks ago

He should've gotten Ron Johnson to fill that position.
You mean the guy who sent JCPenney spiraling and got fired after less than two years then founded Enjoy Technology, which also failed? Sure, sounds like a great plan. I suspect Apple's retail success during his tenure had less to do with him and more with Apple's overall success in those years. Retail drove further success, though.

Ahrendts idea to remove the word "Store" from Apple Store names can be confusing. When looking up an address, "Apple Store [city name]" is not confusing, but "Apple [city name]" is confusing because it's not easy to know if it's an Apple Store or an Apple office. "Apple [city name]" is how Apple names many of their offices.

Also, naming an Apple Store "Apple [city name]" is pretentious. It's trying to sound like a high fashion brand.
Most Apple stores are named with some identifier more specific than a city name, even in cities which don't have multiple locations. My nearest Apple store is Apple Penn Square, named after the shopping mall it's located inside, even though it's the only location in Oklahoma City.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
webkit Avatar
4 weeks ago

I used to go there a few times per year and had no idea it was the first store.

...And now its history!
Below is a video of Jobs introducing Apple's first retail store:

Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
arkitect Avatar
4 weeks ago
Meh.

Life moves on.

I have often in my life been accused of being terribly sentimental — even about my electronics — in this case… not so much.

As much as I have issues with Apple the current behemoth Corporation it is, I would like to visit the big donut at Apple Park one day.
Architecturally it is by far the more interesting building of the two.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lkrupp Avatar
4 weeks ago
As long as you can still buy Apple branded merch like coffee mugs and t-shirts at the Apple Park Visitor Center I don’t care. Time marches on, things change.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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