Apple will reopen around 100 retail stores in the US by the end of the week, the company confirmed to The Verge. That will put Apple’s active retail locations in the country at roughly 130 out of 271 stores spread out across 21 states. The company is reopening each location in phases, so some stores will support only curbside pickup, while others will allow in-store service and sales.
The states that will soon have active Apple Stores are: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin, the report says. New York’s only store to reopen will be its Victor location just outside Rochester, New York, with more of the state’s stores — including those in New York City — to reopen later.
“This week we’ll return to serving customers in many US locations. For customer safety and convenience, most stores will offer curbside or storefront service only, where we provide online order pick-up and Genius Bar appointments,” Apple said in a statement given to The Verge. “Others will be open for walk-in customers and we encourage everyone to check their local store webpage for more information about hours at their preferred location. Customers can also visit apple.com for support by phone or chat. We are committed to reopening our stores in a very thoughtful manner with the health and safety of our customers and teams as our top priority, and we look forward to seeing our customers again soon.”
More than half of Apple’s 510 worldwide retail stores are located throughout the US, but a vast majority of locations have been closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In some states where shelter-in-place orders have been eased or lifted, the company has already resumed retail operations. Those include stores in Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, and South Carolina, which were part of the first wave of Apple Store reopenings that began earlier in May. Apple has been slowly reopening its stores worldwide, starting first with its 42 locations in mainland China, as countries have relaxed lockdown measures.