Apple will open another 100 retail stores in the United States this week, though most won’t let customers inside.
The iPhone-maker will reopen stores across 21 states including New York, California and Texas according to Bloomberg.
The reopening locations will largely focus on repairing products and troubleshooting issues at Genius bar appointments, as well as preparing items for pick-up rather than making in-store sales. Apple has launched a number of products via press release over the past few months which it has sold on its website.
The reopened stores require temperature checks for employees and customers and will limit the number of people in the store at any one time.
Apple first closed its stores for two weeks on March 4, before extending the closure “indefinitely” on March 17. It began reopening locations earlier this month, beginning with six stores in Alabama, Alaska, South Carolina and Idaho.
“Our new social distance protocol allows for a limited number of visitors in the store at one time so there may be a delay for walk-in customers,” the company said at the time. “We recommend, where possible, customers buy online for contactless delivery or in-store pick up.”
CEO Tim Cook declined last month to provide an outlook for the June quarter, citing business uncertainty created by the virus. First-quarter sales in China, reflecting that country’s store closings and lockdown, were $9.46 billion, about $1 billion less than for the same period a year earlier.
Apple has 510 stores worldwide and 271 in the United States.
All Apple retail employees have continued to receive regular paychecks during the duration of the closures, Apple told The Post.
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