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 with renders of a possible store in Stockholm, Sweden.


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

Tower Theater

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

Apple Piazza Liberty

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 4, 2018




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