In the U.S., the first location will be in the City Creek Center mall in Salt Lake City. Allegedly, the mall offered Apple up to "five years of occupancy, rent-free" as incentive to open up ship there. The second location will be in Bakersfield, California.
9to5 has this to say of the international locations: "Apple has taken up the remainder of a 15-year lease (10 years remaining) for a new store in the Drake Circus Shopping Centre in Plymouth, U.K. Apple also has plans for a new retail location at Market Mall in Calgary, Alberta. It is smaller than the new U.K. store?and many others?at just 5,448 square-feet. However, Apple plans to move to a new space within the mall that will offer a curved 77-foot wide storefront and 7, 287 square-feet within a year of moving in. The store is expected to open sometime this year."
Finally, a massive store is set to open by the end of the summer in the Quatre Temps shopping center at La Défense in France.
It isn't like they can't afford it. I suppose they're taking the "stack it high & watch it fly" saturation approach to sales again like they did in the mid 80s, then wash & repeat every 12-15 years thereafter.
It certainly doesn't play well to folks that work for them though. I.e., no longevity in the work place. No retirement plans with them that's for sure. Especially seeing as it takes an act of congress & a security clearance better than that for Air Force One to work for them. Yes, even the damned retail store (of course I'm taking a bit of artistic license for the trolls out there).
Kinda defeatist to be hired by these guys & then turn around (after becoming comfortable in this retail job) to be handed a pink slip after 10-15 years of service. What kind of business model is that?