Messages posted to Apple’s website this weekend confirm that two of its stores will close this month for renovations. The locations are the Covent Garden and Wangfujing in London and Beijing respectively.
Apple Covent Garden, opened in July 2010, will close on June 27th. The London location was called “world’s largest” when it opened and has brick walls, exposed ductwork, and wooden floors. These details are rare for an Apple store but are reminiscent of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg location.
Furthermore, the Wangfujing store will be closing on June 24th this year for what seems like interior upgrades.
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Located in the downtown Beijing, this retail space first opened its door on October 20, 2012, a week before the iconic Apple Palo Alto in California.
All these recent closures show that Apple wants to bring uniformity in the look and feel of its retail stores in accordance with the Today at Apple era. While small and old stores are in for a overhaul, the more modern and larger locations are planned to receive only key fixture upgrades including video walls and new display cases.
Other stores that are under going similar a phase of renovation include Apple’s Nanjing IST and Apple Palo Alto. Other stores like Apple Causeway Bay and Apple Jeifangbei remain open during renovation, according to Storeteller. Just last week, Apple opened up a bigger store at Beverly Center in Los Angeles after closing a smaller one on the same floor.