Here are all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018

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With few setbacks, Apple is almost continuously expanding and updating its global retail chain, now over 500 locations. Here's the company's evolution in 2018 so far, updated on July 17 with the grand opening dates for the relocated Walnut Creek store in California, and the opening of the Apple Piazza Liberty in Milan.

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July 17

Apple's relocated Walnut Creek, Calif. store will open on July 28 at 10 a.m local time. The new shop is based in Broadway Plaza, at the location of a former California Pizza Kitchen. Architecturally it should resemble the likes of Apple's Michigan Avenue, with a flat roof and glass walls that blend the store with its surroundings.

July 14

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Apple Piazza Liberty in Milan will officially throw open its doors on July 26, retail head Angela Ahrendts told Io Donna. The shop will be open 24 hours a day, the same as the Apple Fifth Avenue location in New York City.

July 4

One of Apple's renderings of the proposed Stockholm location.
One of Apple's renderings of the proposed Stockholm location.


Through Sept. 12, the Swedish public has been given a chance to see and comment on Apple's draft proposal for a shop bordering Stockholm's Kungstradgarden. Also looking at the proposal are 24 regional organizations, and a consultation meeting is set for Aug. 23.

The shop's look would take after Apple's more recent buildings, such as its Michigan Avenue store in Chicago, or the Visitor Center in Cupertino. This includes a low, flat roof, curved glass, and wood planking for the ceiling.

Another Apple render


Apple has been working towards the Kungstradgarden shop since early 2016, but has encountered resistance from some members of the public concerned about commercializing a historic location, even if Apple's store would simply be replacing a TGI Fridays. The company's architects did tone down the original design, which could help it blend into surroundings.

June 28

Apple Cotai Central in Macau, opening June 29, has been revealed has having a millimeter-thick stone "curtain," as well as a bamboo grove.

June 27

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A DTLA Rising report resuscitated rumors that Apple may take over Los Angeles' famous Tower Theater. Tenants in exterior stalls have been told to vacate by the end of June, and one source claims that Apple is hoping to "encase the entire Tower Theater in a glass cube," though more likely is a restoration given the Tower Theater's historical significance.

June 26

Apple has confirmed that its updated University Village store in Seattle will open at 9:30 a.m. local time on June 30. Replacing the old outlet, the new one has more interior space including a Forum and video wall for hosting Today at Apple events. The space also focuses on the use of natural light, through both the facade and a skylight.



The company's renovated Palo Alto, Calif. location on University Avenue is set to reopen on the same day at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

June 25

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Apple's upcoming flagship in Milan, Italy should open in late July, possibly as soon as July 18 according to Corriere della Sera, though the company doesn't typically open stores midweek. The shop was allegedly going to open in December 2017, then this February, but was delayed by the discovery of asbestos in walls and pipes.

June 13

Apple's first Israeli store could potentially open in Tel Aviv's Azrieli Sarona Tower. At the moment, though, the Azrieli Mall Group is in "preliminary negotiations," according to Globes. Another publication, Yediot Achronot, indicated that talks have been in progress for "several" months.

June 12

The company confirmed that its second store in Macau, Apple Cotai Central, will throw open its doors on June 29. Its name stems from the nearby Sands Cotai Central casino resort.

June 11

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Two of Apple's bigger stores -- Covent Garden in London, and Wangfujing in Beijing -- were announced as closing for renovations later in the month.

May 25

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In a rare announcement, Apple said it would permanently shutter its Pier store in Atlantic City, N.J. without opening a replacement. 52 people were affected, forced to either find new jobs with Apple or a different employer.

May 13

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The last dedicated Apple Watch pop-up outlet, located in Tokyo's Shinjuku ward, finally reached an end.

May 4

Apple's first flagship-level store for Latin America is reportedly under construction at Antara Fashion Hall in Ciudad de Mexico's (CDMX) upscale Polanco district. It should be a single-story structure, but have the trappings of any flagship, such as a boardroom for business clients.

Apr. 29

The company's Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall, Pa. was revealed to be relocating to a bigger space in September.

Apr. 26

Apple was sued for $15,000 over injuries caused during an "active shooter" drill at the Florida Mall Apple Store.

Apr. 12

The crush of battery replacement demands forced Apple to stretch its workforce to cope.

Apr. 7

Apple Shinjuku opened in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, not far from Shinjuku Station.

Apr. 2

Apple's Westchester mall store in White Plains, N.Y. closed for renovations.

March 24

Apple's Bluewater outlet in the U.K. reopened after nine months of renovations.

March 20

The landlord behind Apple's flagship Michigan Avenue store in Chicago put the space up for sale, though Apple itself is liable to stay put.

March 6

A New Orleans police officer was accused of stealing AirPods from Apple Lakeside Shopping Center -- while still in uniform.

Feb. 24

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Apple's first Austrian store opened on Vienna's Kaerntner Strasse.

Feb. 5

Apple Southlake Town Square in Dallas-Fort Worth was announced as closing for renovations on March 4. It was later revealed that changes would include an expansion and various external improvements.

Feb 2

Two Apple workers were hospitalized after a battery rupture at a shop in Hong Kong.

Jan. 29

Plans were made to close its stores in Green Hills, Nashville and Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood for renovations.

Jan. 27

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Apple opened its first South Korean store in Seoul.

Jan. 19

Apple began hunting down a workforce for its Carnegie Library store in Washington, D.C.

Jan. 11

The company's discounted battery replacement program -- started in the wake of Apple admitting it was throttling iPhones -- caused a rush on supplies, particularly for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Jan. 10

Yet another iPhone battery fire, this time at the Calle Colon store in Valencia, Spain.

Jan. 9

An iPhone battery fire forced the evacuation of a store in Zurich, Switzerland.

Jan. 4

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Apple sued the activist organization Attac for staging protests at its French stores, claiming the group "put the security of our customers and employees at risk." Attac has accused Apple of exploiting tax loopholes at the expense of the public, depriving social services of billions in funding.

Rumors meanwhile emerged of a new store in Toronto, Canada at the corner of Yonge and Bloor, not far from Queen's Park and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Jan. 3

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An embarassment for the company's high-profile Michigan Avenue store in Chicago was the need to rope off the surrounding area to cope with falling ice and snow. While some initially blamed poor architecture, failing to account for Chicago winters, Apple insisted that the problem was a result of glitches in the rooftop heating system.


Last updated July 17, 2018
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 19
    Impressive. Bucking a trend against brick and mortar.

    I guess it helps having the best devices for sale in the history of mankind! :)
    stanthemanradarthekat
  • Reply 2 of 19
    bkkcanuckbkkcanuck Posts: 736member
    I am waiting on their Bangkok store - have no idea when it will open - but I have seen them advertising for staff.
  • Reply 3 of 19
    bkkcanuckbkkcanuck Posts: 736member
    Impressive. Bucking a trend against brick and mortar.

    I guess it helps having the best devices for sale in the history of mankind! :)
    I just wish it were true that they have the best devices - they might have been good in their day - but they are getting really really long in the tooth (for most of the mac line).
    muthuk_vanalingam
  • Reply 4 of 19
    irelandireland Posts: 17,207member

    Bluewater. Brighter, more modern, light and airy design. Crying out for a green wall though. Entire back wall, indoor vertical garden (everywhere where display isn’t) would be awesome natural relief.
    edited June 19
  • Reply 5 of 19
    Atomic77Atomic77 Posts: 56member
    It would be cool if there was on in West Bend, Wi. We have a lot of empty buildings where several stores have left us.
  • Reply 6 of 19
    FolioFolio Posts: 281member
    Anyone know any ownership stats regarding this real estate? 500 stores, often in key areas of cities. Does Apple own any of these properties (and possess appreciable investments) or is it chiefly/entirely a renter of retail space? I know for instance the real estate plays a big part in enterprise value of companies like Macy's and McDonalds. But never heard it mentioned as a factor with Apple.
  • Reply 7 of 19
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 3,774member
    ireland said:

    Bluewater. Brighter, more modern, light and airy design. Crying out for a green wall though. Entire back wall, indoor vertical garden (everywhere where display isn’t) would be awesome natural relief.
    That’s not a shop, that’s an art installation. 
  • Reply 8 of 19
    kenaustuskenaustus Posts: 883member
    There are probably a lot of US stores that need expanding or upgrading.  Little old Tulsa is one - the store is very small and packed most of the time while the MS store is twice the size and generally empty of customers (a normal situation in OKC as well).  One potential for easing crowding, or lack of a store while under renovation, is to look at suitable "second store" sites for temporary use.  We have an empty Macy's 5 miles from the Apple Store, and even half of an empty Mervins in the same shopping center.  Both would work, as well as some strip sites across the street.

    Apple could also benefit from using these outlets as temporary sites for Holiday Trading.  Getting to the Woodland Hills  during the holiday season is a huge pain - one to be avoided.  The empty Macy and Mervin stores are in an excellent location for a temp store and are far easier to get to.  Apple could use this store as a location for picking up orders up to a full temporary store.  A lot of internet shoppers have been burned by the Porch Pirates and would want to avoid that with an expensive Apple product.  They also want a semi-easy way to pick up their product.  Pick Up stores with close parking would be a major help.

    That temp store also covers Apple during closing for renovations.  There is a lot of inexpensive retail space that could meet Apple's needs and I would love to see them used.
  • Reply 9 of 19
    marktrekmarktrek Posts: 66member
    Apple does use temporary stores if they need to and there is space available.  But sometimes the same reason why a store needs to be expanded is the reason why there isn't an open space in the shopping center.  This is why a lot of the upgrades have been to different locations.  They can keep the old location until the new one is ready.  Lone Tree, CO moved two doors down.  (Tesla has the old space now.). While Alpharetta, moved to a different shopping center.  Peabody, MA moved far enough that it is the only Apple store that had to change the name of the city it was located.  But in all cases, no temporary store.

    This is my favorite subject as I have been to 186 stores, including Simi Valley and the soon to close Atlantic City.
    radarthekat
  • Reply 10 of 19
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 3,774member
    I remember a fella who travelled around all the Apple stores and wrote about them on his websites. 

    He died a few years back, which was a great loss. I enjoyed his enthusiasm and his occasional scoop. He reported on Browett going into an Apple store and demanding that the staff bring everything out of the storeroom and stack it floor to ceiling. He argued that this was how tech retail was supposed work; this is how it worked at PC World. The store manager said, ‘this isn't PC World.’

    I think Browett was fired about a fortnight later. 
  • Reply 11 of 19
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 3,774member
    Impressive. Bucking a trend against brick and mortar.

    I guess it helps having the best devices for sale in the history of mankind! :)
    I think not, sir!

    THIS is the best device for sale in the history of mankind. 


  • Reply 12 of 19
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 3,774member
    ⬆️ ⬆️ ⬆️

    It’s a banana guard. 




  • Reply 13 of 19
    maccadmaccad Posts: 64member
    How about the new Apple store in University Village in Seattle that opened June 30? It replaced the old 2003 store right behind it. iJustine did YouTube videos of them escorting the last cutomer out of the old store the night before and the opening of the new store the next morning. It's directly across from a Microsoft store.
    bb-15
  • Reply 14 of 19
    adam594adam594 Posts: 4member
    AppleInsider: 

    You forgot to mention the Burlingame Ave store in Burlingame, CA which was closed for months for renovations. 
  • Reply 15 of 19
    payecopayeco Posts: 119member
    Rayz2016 said:
    I remember a fella who travelled around all the Apple stores and wrote about them on his websites. 

    He died a few years back, which was a great loss. I enjoyed his enthusiasm and his occasional scoop. He reported on Browett going into an Apple store and demanding that the staff bring everything out of the storeroom and stack it floor to ceiling. He argued that this was how tech retail was supposed work; this is how it worked at PC World. The store manager said, ‘this isn't PC World.’

    I think Browett was fired about a fortnight later. 
    Wow, I almost forgot about that guy. That hire by Tim and that guys subsequent actions really made me question the future of Apple back then. That guy was clearly so wrong, it made me wonder how it could have happened. 

    He got it right by firing him 6 months later. I guess that was his “John Scully moment”.
    edited July 5
  • Reply 16 of 19
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,073member
    Apple does appear to have a magic sauce. I remember back a decade ago when lots of consumer electronics companies had their own stores. In the Galleria mall in St. Louis there was a Bose store, a Bang & Olufson store, a Brookstone, a Radio Shack. All have since closed and like another post mentioned the Microsoft store is often void of people. Samsung has a very few stores... I guess.

    Every single pundit, analyst, and retail “expert” scoffed at Apple opening its own stores. They literally laughed themselves into convulsions. So what do Apple stores have that others don’t? What makes them different? 
  • Reply 17 of 19
    flydogflydog Posts: 73member
    How could this be "all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018" if it only runs through July?
  • Reply 18 of 19
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 2,845administrator
    flydog said:
    How could this be "all of the Apple retail store openings, moves, and remodels in 2018" if it only runs through July?
    The answer to your question seems obvious.
  • Reply 19 of 19
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 3,774member
    payeco said:
    Rayz2016 said:
    I remember a fella who travelled around all the Apple stores and wrote about them on his websites. 

    He died a few years back, which was a great loss. I enjoyed his enthusiasm and his occasional scoop. He reported on Browett going into an Apple store and demanding that the staff bring everything out of the storeroom and stack it floor to ceiling. He argued that this was how tech retail was supposed work; this is how it worked at PC World. The store manager said, ‘this isn't PC World.’

    I think Browett was fired about a fortnight later. 
    Wow, I almost forgot about that guy. That hire by Tim and that guys subsequent actions really made me question the future of Apple back then. That guy was clearly so wrong, it made me wonder how it could have happened. 

    He got it right by firing him 6 months later. I guess that was his “John Scully moment”.
    Yes, I was all up for giving Browett a chance. He’d turned PCWorld around and I thought there was no reason he couldn’t adapt to Apple’s way of doing things. He knew tech after all, and I reckoned that was the most important thing. 

    How wrong I was. 

    The most important thing was understanding the customer. Ahrendts understands the type of people who make up Apple’s core demographic, even if she didn’t understand consumer gadgetry as well as Browett. 

    The important thing about Cook is that he learned quickly. He understands folk who are genuinely useful, and folk, like Browett,  who are all about building little kingdoms … which is why Forstall was shown the door. 
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