Apple Retail Overview Updated August 13, 2018

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Apple operates over 500 retail stores across the globe. Headed by former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, the company's retail presence has grown with community initiatives like "Today At Apple."

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Steve Jobs announced Apple’s efforts to create a unified retail experience in 2001, opening the company’s first stores in McLean, VA and Glendale, CA. Apple stores quickly grew in number, now numbering over 500. In recent years, Apple has focused on increasing their retail presence internationally, opening many stores in China and Europe. The company’s 500th store to open was also their first in the country of South Korea.

In 2013, Apple announced that former fashion CEO Angela Ahrendts would be heading the company’s retail efforts. Apple stores were previously under the leadership of former Target merchandiser Ron Johnson, and shortly by John Browett, a tumultuous time marked by internal controversy.

Under the leadership of Angela Ahrendts and increased design direction from Jony Ive, Apple has been rolling out a new retail design since 2015. As part of the new direction, the company has dropped the word “store” from its vocabulary and refers to flagship locations as “town squares.” Much of the next-generation Apple retail experience is structured around “Today At Apple”, a program of community events designed to help Apple customers learn about and get the most out of their devices.

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Apple stores in Orland Park, Irvine expanding to new locations on August 18th

Apple has announced that its retail stores in Orland Park, Illinois and Irvine, California will relocate to larger and more modern storefronts this upcoming Saturday, August 18th.

Today in Japan, Apple previewed the upcoming grand opening of their newest retail store. Located in the city of Kyoto, the store will be the company’s 504th location worldwide and ninth operating in Japan.

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Apple Retail Stories August 9

Today at the 2018 Global Leadership Summit in South Barrington, Illinois, Apple’s SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts spoke about her leadership journey during an interview with author and coach John Maxwell.

Broadcast to 125,000 individuals both on-site and across host locations, at one of which 9to5Mac attended, the wide-ranging interview shed light on Ahrendts’s leadership strategy, Apple’s goal of enriching lives, and the challenges of building a timeless brand.

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Apple Retail Stories August 6

Renovations set to begin September 2nd at Apple’s retail store in Naples, FL

Apple quietly announced this morning that its retail location in Naples, Florida will be closed temporarily for renovations starting September 2nd. The store is located in The Waterside Shops, an open-air shopping mall just under 40 miles south of Fort Myers, FL.

Apple Retail Stories August 2

After years of rumors and speculation, Apple has spoken publicly for the first time about their plans to restore the historic Tower Theatre in downtown Los Angeles into a flagship retail location, screening renderings of the space and discussing their goals for the project.

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Apple Retail Stories July 28

East Bay residents have a new store to explore. This morning at 10:00 A.M. in Walnut Creek, CA, Apple opened their latest retail location to the public. 9to5Mac attended the grand opening to check out the store’s design details and see how the new space will bring the full Today at Apple experience to Walnut Creek.

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