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 Sept. 24 with the reopening date for Apple Robina in Australia.
The Robina Town Centre shop in Queensland, Australia will reopen Sept. 29 at 9 a.m., having moved to a different location within the same mall. As usual with recent relocations, the store will have an overhauled design including a video wall, and in this case forum seating for Today at Apple events.
A new shop, Scottsdale Fashion Square, is set to open outside of Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. It will replace the city's aging Biltmore location, which is smaller and lacks Apple's current retail aesthetics.
Opening the same day will be Nashville's renovated Green Hills store. The space closed in February, but the downtime comes with the benefit of a greatly expanded footprint.
The relocated Apple Eastview in Victor, N.Y. will reopen on Sept. 21, the same day the iPhone XS, XS Max, and Apple Watch Series 4 will become available. For those launches the shop will open at 8 a.m. instead of its usual 10.
Changes to the shop are uncertain, but it should offer a bigger space and a modernized design. The Eastview outlet first opened in 2005 and went largely unaltered until the relocation effort.
A long-expected Champs Elysees outlet in Paris will open this November, the company told France's LCI. The new flagship will be located at 114, and occupy at least two floors, with the rest of the space being dedicated to offices. Annual rent should be about 14 million euros ($16.2 million), three times what the previous tenant paid.
Design work is being handled by Apple's usual ally Foster + Partners. The store should also be powered entirely by clean energy.
In a tradeoff, the company will be shuttering its Carrousel du Louvre location once its lease expires. Workers there will be offered other jobs in the Paris region, presumably including Champs Elysees.
Apple is set to open a new outlet in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China. Photos of the store, currently under construction in the iconic Gate to the East building, were posted to a Weibo page dedicated to Apple retail openings.
With an official "coming soon" facade in place, Apple Suzhou should open soon.
The Third Street Promenade location in Santa Monica, Calif. will close on Sept. 16 for renovations. It's unknown when work will complete, but the shop will at least be out of action for Apple's usual fall iPhone launch.
One compensation is that Santa Monica is a part of the greater Los Angeles area, and the city has numerous Apple stores, including Apple Century City only 15 minutes away.
The SouthPark store in Charlotte, N.C. is slated to reopen on Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. local time following four months of renovations. The shop dates back to 2004 and in fact relocated to a bigger space in 2013.
Sept. 2 will also signal the beginning of planned renovations at Waterside Shops in Naples, Fla.
Opening Aug. 25, Apple Kyoto will be the company's first outlet in Japan's former imperial capital. Located on Shijo Dori, which has served as Kyoto's shopping mecca since the 1600s, the thoroughly modern retail store features design elements inspired by local materials, architecture and tradition.
The upper levels of the space are covered in a "translucent envelope" inspired by Japanese toro lanterns, while the upper facade uses lightweight timber and special paper that references Japan's traditional houses, Apple says. Indeed, a picture of what appears to be an upper level of the store shows a wall design that resembles a shoji door's wood-and-paper paneling.
Inside, a sales floor is split between multiple levels, each of which opens to a central atrium where Apple plans to host Today at Apple sessions. Boasting an "Apple Store 2.0" aesthetic, the interior layout is open with ample room for Apple's custom-built demonstration tables, accessory shelves and, on ground level, a 6K video wall.
Two U.S. shops will be reopening in bigger spaces on Aug. 18. These include Apple Orland Square Mall in Orland Park, Ill., and Apple Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, Calif. Both date back over a decade, and until relocation efforts the Orland Square Mall store was notoriously small, with aisles easily choked by traffic.
Apple's new store in Kyoto, Japan will launch at 10 a.m. local time on Aug. 25. The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the week, operating out of the Kyoto Zero Gate building.
The company has eight other stores in the country, but until now has never had one in Kyoto.
Apple Waterside Shops, located in the Florida town of Naples near Fort Myers, is scheduled to shutter temporarily starting Sept. 2 while renovations are in progress. It's unknown when work will be finished.
The store dates back to March 2007, and needs a number of changes to bring it in line with Apple's current design aesthetics. These include adding a forum space and an oversized video wall.
Apple has revealed more about its plans for Tower Theatre in Los Angeles. The company's senior director of retail design, B.J. Siegel, told the Los Angeles Times it will be "in the upper echelon" of the company's stores, different from anything else in the city, retaining some of its theatrical design touches and hosting events meant to draw hundreds of people. The place where the theater's movie screen used to be will play home to a video wall.
The shop should become a "mecca" for talks by experts in movies, TV, and music, Siegel added, taking advantage of Los Angeles' role as an epicenter of mainstream commercialized culture.
By way of city work permits, Apple has confirmed plans to restore and convert the well-known -- but long abandoned -- Tower Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, according to Curbed. The structure was originally built in 1927 and was the first L.A. theater to be wired for sound, but is now known only as a landmark thanks to its period architectural details.
Apple is set to replace the gallery mezzanine, as well as retrofit the building to better withstand earthquakes. It's unknown when Apple might be ready to open a store.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple Cotai Central in Macau, opening June 29, has been revealed has having a millimeter-thick stone "curtain," as well as a bamboo grove.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two of Apple's bigger stores -- Covent Garden in London, and Wangfujing in Beijing -- were announced as closing for renovations later in the month.
Apple Natick Collection in Natick, Mass. has shuttered for renovations. It's not known when the store will reopen.
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.
The last dedicated Apple Watch pop-up outlet, located in Tokyo's Shinjuku ward, finally reached an end.
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.
The company's Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall, Pa. was revealed to be relocating to a bigger space in September.
Apple was sued for $15,000 over injuries caused during an "active shooter" drill at the Florida Mall Apple Store.
The crush of battery replacement demands forced Apple to stretch its workforce to cope.
Apple Shinjuku opened in the Japanese capital of Tokyo, not far from Shinjuku Station.
Apple's Westchester mall store in White Plains, N.Y. closed for renovations.
Apple's Bluewater outlet in the U.K. reopened after nine months of renovations.
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.
A New Orleans police officer was accused of stealing AirPods from Apple Lakeside Shopping Center -- while still in uniform.
Apple's first Austrian store opened on Vienna's Kaerntner Strasse.
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.
Two Apple workers were hospitalized after a battery rupture at a shop in Hong Kong.
Plans were made to close its stores in Green Hills, Nashville and Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood for renovations.
Apple opened its first South Korean store in Seoul.
Apple began hunting down a workforce for its Carnegie Library store in Washington, D.C.
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.
Yet another iPhone battery fire, this time at the Calle Colon store in Valencia, Spain.
An iPhone battery fire forced the evacuation of a store in Zurich, Switzerland.
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.
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.