Apple store

An Apple store is any one of the chains of retail stores owned and operated by Apple Inc. These stores exist in strategic locations worldwide to sell various Apple products, including Mac personal computers, iPhone smartphones, iPad tablet computers, iPod portable media players, Apple smartwatches, Apple TV digital media players, software, and select third-party accessories.

These stores were first opened at two locations in May 2001. They were founded by then-CEO Steve Jobs, after years of attempting but failing store-within-a-store concepts. Jobs’ idea for improved retail presentation of the company’s products was thought up back in 1997. He hired Ron Johnson in 2000 to aid in revamping the retail program to get an improved relationship with consumers. Jobs launched the online store in 1997 and two physical ones in 2001 amidst speculation that the stores would fail. These speculations were, however, proved wrong as the stores were highly successful, bypassing the sales numbers of competing for nearby stores and within three years reached US$1 billion in annual sales. This outstanding success made the company the fastest retailer in history to do so. Over the course of the next years, apple stores have expanded their reach and geographical coverage, with 506 stores across 25 countries worldwide as of 2018. The stores have been largely successful, boasting over $16 billion in sales globally in 2011.

#Country / RegionDate of the first storeFirst store locationNumber of stores
1United StatesMay 19, 2001Tysons Corner CenterTysons CornerVirginia271
2JapanNovember 30, 2003GinzaTokyo10
3United KingdomNovember 20, 2004Regent StreetLondon38
4CanadaMay 21, 2005Yorkdale Shopping CentreToronto29
5ItalyMarch 31, 2007Centro Commerciale Roma Est, Rome17
6AustraliaJune 19, 2008George StreetSydney22
7ChinaJuly 19, 2008SanlitunBeijing42
8SwitzerlandSeptember 25, 2008Rue de Rive, Geneva4
9GermanyDecember 6, 20081 Rosenstrasse, MunichBavaria15
10FranceNovember 7, 2009Carrousel du LouvreParis20
11SpainSeptember 4, 2010La Maquinista, Barcelona11
12Hong KongSeptember 24, 2011IFC Mall6
13NetherlandsMarch 3, 2012Hirschbuilding, LeidsepleinAmsterdam3
14SwedenSeptember 15, 2012Täby CentrumStockholm3
15BrazilFebruary 15, 2014VillageMall, Barra da TijucaRio de Janeiro2
16TurkeyApril 5, 2014Zorlu CenterIstanbul2
17BelgiumSeptember 19, 2015Avenue de la Toison d’Or, Brussels1
18United Arab EmiratesOctober 29, 2015Mall of the EmiratesDubai;
Yas MallAbu Dhabi
19MacauJune 25, 2016Galaxy Macau2
20MexicoSeptember 24, 2016Centro Santa FeSanta Fe, Mexico City2
21SingaporeMay 27, 2017Orchard Road3
22TaiwanJuly 1, 2017Taipei 101Taipei2
23South KoreaJanuary 27, 2018Garosu-GilGangnamSeoul1
24AustriaFebruary 24, 2018Kärntner StraßeVienna1
25ThailandNovember 10, 2018IconsiamBangkok

In May 2016, unveiled a significantly redesigned Apple Store in Union Square, San Francisco was unveiled by Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s then-Senior Vice President of Retail. The redesign was a complete overhaul of the previous look, sporting large glass doors for the entry, open spaces, and rebranded rooms. The changes weren’t only superficial as customers could now get advice and help from “Creative Pros” – individuals with specialized knowledge of creative arts. Other new services included enabled customers to get product support in a tree-lined Genius Grove; and attend sessions, conferences, and community events. Ahrendts remarked that the redesign’s objective was to ‘make Apple Stores into “town squares”, a place where people naturally meet up and spend time’. As expected, this new design will be implemented to all Apple Stores worldwide, a process that has seen stores temporarily relocate or close.

Apple stores are usually located inside shopping malls or public centers. Apple has, however, built several stand-alone flagship stores in high-profile locations. These stores have been granted design patents and received architectural awards for their stores’ designs and construction—the latter is due to the use of glass staircases and cubes. The surge and unexpected success of Apple Stores have had significant influence over other consumer electronics retailers, who have lost traffic, control and profits, mostly due to perceived higher quality of service and products at Apple Stores. It’s not uncommon to see causes of long lines of hundreds of people at new Apple Store openings or product releases due to Apple’s notable brand loyalty. Apple receives tons of job applications at its stores due to brand popularity, many of which come from young workers. All the employees at Apple stores receive above-average pay, are offered money toward education and health care. However, employees also receive product discounts but are held back as there are limited or no career advancement paths. 

An anonymous retail employee remarked about a hostile work environment with harassment from customers, intense internal criticism, and a lack of significant bonuses for securing major business contracts in a report in May 2016.