Apple store-within-a-store outlets coming to Target this year, sources say

“Apple will be opening new store-within-a-store locations in select Target locations later this year, enabling the company to expand its retail reach into smaller metro areas,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“According to a source familiar with Apple’s plans, the company plans to begin operating Apple-branded areas within 25 larger Target stores in locations which can’t support a standalone Apple Store,” Dilger reports. “The initial opening would be a small start, given that Target, the second-largest discount retail chain in the US, operates 1752 stores in the US. Apple has opened 359 of its own retail stores globally, 245 of which are in the US.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

30 Comments

  1. I hope that the Target SWAS approach works a lot better than the CompUSA version, which sucked. The Apple Stores combine easy access to the latest Apple products with helpful and friendly employees who have at least some understanding of the products they are selling. And one other little thing – the computers and iPads and iPhones and iPods on the tables are actually functioning.

    CompUSA’s Apple SWAS had none of these things. I used to reset the Apple computers every time I visited CompUSA because they were screwed up in some way – bizarre control panel settings, etc. Let’s hope that the Target SWAS approach is fully supported by both companies.

    1. Well, everything at CompUSA sucked though. The SWAS (really more just an “Apple section”) inside the Best Buy stores I’ve been in have been pretty well done and maintained, so I’d expect the same, if not better, at Target. I think this is a good move.

  2. bad idea
    check out Best Buy’s Apple store-in-store operation
    bad idea
    bad idea Apple
    I don’t think Steve would like this at all
    cache is worth something and is getting harder to find

    1. Certainly it’s hard to find, that’s the definition of “cache”.

      cache – noun – a collection of items of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible place

      I think the word you couldn’t find is “cachet”.

      cachet – noun – the state of being respected or admired; prestige

      1. wtf?
        “cache” is the correct spelling but it has an accent on the e that is not easy to type without me looking up a bunch of codes
        its a french word
        look that up buddy
        and why not comment on something important?
        take it that you much love Best Buy’s Apple department – well you’re the only one

  3. I think it’s a bad idea. On the one hand you increase the number of ‘touch points’ you have with the public in which you expose your wares for sale but on the other you dilute your brand equity by not controlling the end to end customer experience and store ambience. 

    When people come to associate Apple with a downmarket image that will ultimately hurt its brand perception as the BMW of computing devices, one that gives customers a unique experience not found anywhere else by a combination of wonderful easy to use software and cutting edge hardware. It’s a combination that’s hard to beat but the buying experience adds to the aura of exclusivity. You don’t want to water that down by making your products too available. It goes against the grain but Apple is not seen to serve the mass market. Its cachet is exclusivity and high end computing.

    1. BLN misses the point. Again.

      Apple is already selling some products in Target. This rumored plan is to UPGRADE the Apple sales experience.

      PS. Apple is also selling some products in WalMart. Now that’s downscale, but it’s also where the customers are.

      1. Selling iPods where the level of assistance required to explain a product is on a different level of expertise required to sell a Mac dilutes the Apple experience for a new buyer. That was my point in case you’re deficient in English.

  4. I think it will entirely depend on the sales staff, how they keep the displays and demos, if they are experienced with the computers.
    I recall when Sear carried Apple computers several years ago. While it was nice to see some Macs actually on display somewhere, the salesmen were absolutely clueless. It was no surprise when Apple disappeared from there.

    1. I’d imagine that the Target SWAS will be manned by Apple Solutions Consultants ( http://solutionprofessionals.apple.com/asc/ ), like the Best Buy ones. They should have as much of a clue as the average Apple Store employee (which I admit, at times is not that much).

      I remember when the Performas were in Sears as well, and you’re right, the people there had no idea what they were supposed to be selling.

  5. You may think it is a bad idea but look at how the iPod took off once the distribution network increased. Every electronic outlet sold them and it helped provide easy access for purchasing. Apple could not have controlled that market without that.
    The same for the iPhone. Plenty of people buy from their phone stores. The more distribution site (i.e. carriers) the better.
    Macs can work that way too. Granted they will need to have dedicated assistants to drive customers towards Mac but it will be a good thing.
    I live in northern California about 15 miles from Cupertino. The nearest apple stores are about 10 miles to the south in Santa Clara and the same distance over a bridge to Palo Alto.
    We have 2 targets within 6 miles and all in the normal shopping area. Imagine all the potential customers who never go to those malls that could end up buying a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod if there is a small store in those Target stores. The uptake from impulse buying could be huge.

    1. I agree. Target already sells mobile devices for Apple. The halo effect is real, so exploit that here by offering iMacs too. If it worked at Best Buy, it should work better at Target.

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