updated 05:20 pm EDT, Wed September 13, 2006
New retail store designs
Apple tody said it will introduce new design features at its retail stores later this month. Senior Apple Retail VP Ron Johnson also said that Apple is now the nation's fastest growing retailer, averaging one new store opening every nine days, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The company's retail executive made his comments at the ThinkEquity Partners' investment conference Wednesday in San Francisco. "It's an upgrade," Johnson, senior vice president of retail at Apple told those conference attendees. According to the report, the new design features will draw from Apple's new Fifth Avenue store, which is open 24-7 and earlier this week welcomed its one-millionth visitor -- in under four months since the grand-opening on May 19th. Pre-announcing the grand-opening of yet-announced stores, Johnson said that the new elements will be unveiled on September 23 at new retail stores in Providence, Rhode Island and Columbia, Maryland. In addition, the executive said that Apple expects to open 40 stores annually for the foreseeable future.