Apple shuts down its smallest store in Japan, after over 13 years in business

Apple shuts down its smallest store in Japan, after over 13 years in business
Most of us are used to Apple stores being relatively spacious, with numerous pathways winding along wooden tables stacked with tech. In Japan, however, where living space (and otherwise) is quite limited, there is an Apple store that resides in what seems like a narrow hallway. Located in the Ichibancho shopping district in the city of Sendai, it is Apple's tiniest store in Japan and one of the smallest in the world. It's also set to close its doors for good on January 25th, after some 13 years of operation.

Apple opened the store in Sendai on December 10th, 2005. At the time, it was the company's 6th retail location in Japan – a number which has grown to nine in the years since. Over the last decade, Apple locations in different Japanese regions and other countries have seen grand renovations and expansions, but the one in Sendai has remained the same, almost suspended in time. Its days were numbered even before the official announcement, seeing as how it can't spatially accommodate for Apple's growing requirements for retail locations.

All Apple stores are now required to have enough room for Today at Apple forums, as 9to5Mac notes, and need to accommodate for large crowds. As such, the company's Sendai Ichibancho store is simply not fit for the task, as sad as it may be. The store will be closing its doors one final time on January 25th.

Although this will temporarily bring down the number of Apple stores in Japan to eight, the company is investing heavily in the Land of the rising sun, with a new retail store set to open in a yet unknown location in 2019.

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10 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2806; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Bye bye fruit company, looks like 2020 is coming hard on you!

4. whatev

Posts: 2023; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You’re the one that has to say bye bye, byeeeeeee *flushes the toilet

5. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

No tech company has the most exquisite stores like apple, very classy and not looking cheap. This small store needs to shut down and replace with another bigger in some area. Apple market share in Japan is 10 tomes higher than your IQ.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Other tech companies don't need big fancy stores to sell their products, or a 'genius' bar to explain to their customers how to use their products.

8. sissy246

Posts: 6831; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

"Apple market share in Japan is 10 tomes higher than your IQ" Apparently 10 tomes higher then yours also.

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 542; Member since: May 17, 2017

10 tomes? Is that ten books higher?

10. sissy246

Posts: 6831; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You know, you all need to get over the good bye apple thing. Apple will never go bye bye. Yeah you can all say , well it happend to Nokia but, apple is in a whole different ballpark.

11. Vancetastic

Posts: 542; Member since: May 17, 2017

Hey, don’t take away their dreams!

3. scarface21173

Posts: 577; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Put it this way, if apple were selling a 100 devices a day from that store it would not be closing.

7. cncrim

Posts: 1516; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

100? For a store 600sq feet, All it need is sell 15-18 a day is more than enough and store around the world wish to move that much.

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