Apple will break 400 stores next year.
Apple's retail strategy has been extremely successful, so is it any wonder the company is continuing to expand its chain of retail stores every year? The company now has stores in 13 countries and its retail division employs over 40,000 full-time employees working on 4.1 million square feet of retail space. However, Cupertino today revealed that those numbers are going to grow come 2013. In an SEC filling filed October 31, Apple said 2013 will bring up to 35 more stores.
Apple's annual 10-K filing details that the company plans to open 30 to 35 new retail stores, with approximately three-quarters of them outside of the United States. The company opened 33 stores this year, 28 of which were outside the USA, and ended the year with 390 shops compared to 2011's 357 stores. As of the end of September, Apple has a total of 250 U.S. retail stores and 140 international retail stores.
Apple didn't reveal any more details about the locations of the new stores beyond the fact that the majority would be outside of the U.S. Does your city have an Apple store? Let us know in the comments below!