Curious Apple fans looked into a number of vague job listings, eventually tipping off ifoAppleStore to the newly discovered locations. The listings were initially posted to Apple's jobs website in May and suggested that the positions would be located in "Manassas, Virginia," and "Salt Lake City, Utah," but that appears to have been a misdirection on Apple's part.
Instead, the new Virginia store will be located in the city of Woodbridge, at the Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center mall. The Utah store will be located in Farmington, at the Station Park shopping mall near Interstate 15. A third location has also been identified, with an Apple Store expected to open at the Quaker Bridge Mall, near Princeton University in New Jersey.
Over the past year, Apple has not always given the exact location of future Apple retail store openings, meaning that Apple fans have had to become more inventive in sussing out which areas will be next to get a store.
The new stores are three of what will be just 10 total new locations opening in the U.S. in 2013. All three are slated to open by November. A number of other stores will see renovations and relocations, but the majority of the company's new openings will be overseas in the coming year, reflecting the increasing importance of Apple's international operations.
This year will see Apple opening between 30 and 40 retail stores worldwide. CEO Tim Cook credits the company's retail locations with exposing the public to the iPad and other Apple devices. Each quarter, Apple's stores see more than 100 million visitors.