Celebrating 10 Years of Apple Stores: A Decade of Innovation

It’s been a decade since Apple launched its first retail store. The inaugural store was unveiled on May 19, 2001, in McLean, Virginia, with another opening the same day in Glendale, California.

Interestingly, despite McLean being the first to open, it is the Glendale location that is officially listed as “001,” which has sparked some playful debate among fans of the brand.

Since those early days, the number of Apple Stores has expanded to over 300 globally, as detailed in our unofficial retrospective. Speculation earlier this week hinted that Apple might be preparing a unique celebration for the anniversary, as per reports of a special event, though no official confirmation has surfaced yet.

Here’s to another decade of innovation and success for Apple’s retail ventures.

Congratulations, Apple!


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