RUMOR: Apple to open 40 new retail stores in 2005

“Apple plans to open 40 new retail stores in 2005, sources say, including its first locations in Canada, while retail store employees will sport a collared shirt in place of their T-shirts at the turn of the year,” Ryan Katz reports for ThinkSecret.

More on collared shirts here.

MacDailyNews Take: For the record, a nice golf shirt with a collar looks a lot more professional than a T-shirt. We assume the 40 new stores figure to include a mix of full-sized and “mini” Apple Retail Stores.

29 Comments

  1. The same rumor also mentions something that I agree with: Apple internally expects to sell 4 million iPods. I have an expectation of 3.5 million, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Apple met their expectations.

  2. The question is.. how important is Digital Media to Gates and Ballmer… (Gates is one of the major shareholders in Corbis, the Digital Image Holding company)

    Apple is really screwing with Windows Media, no matter how you slice it..

    I mean.. if no one buys PMC because it won’t play AAC fairplay.. then WM won’t gain any appreciable adoption (come on.. like it’s an attractive proposition .. that thing is huge)..

  3. By this time next year Apple will have filled in the geographic holes in it’s US Apple Store footprint, added at least 5 stores in Canada ( Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax) and a number in Europe (Paris, Berlin & Madrid + announced UK stores). Can Mexico City be far behind?

  4. I visited the Carousel Mall Apple mini store on its opening day in Syracuse, NY this past weekend. It was later in the day and it was still quite busy- lot’s of traffic. The mini store is actually bigger than I imagined it to be, and it carries a surprisingly wide variety of software and hardware for its size. Looks like I’ll be visiting it often!

  5. I’m really looking forward to a Berlin store.
    They’ll probably choose Potsdamer Platz for it, and despite my 56 years, I’ll be camping out over night for the opening.

  6. Charko…

    it happened because you evidently hit the submit button twice before the page loaded…

    I would encourage you to attend the opening, should it happen… if you are lucky enough to be among the first 30 or 40 (or so) in line when they open the doors… youre in for a real treat !!

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