After Apple last week re-closed nearly a dozen retail stores in the United States, local increases in coronavirus infections have now prompted the Cupertino company to shut down again eight of its retail locations in Kansas, Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin.

8 Apple Stores re-closing

9to5Mac’s Michael Steeber said on Twitter yesterday that the following stores are re-closing:

Kansas

  • Leawood (Leawood)

Maryland

  • Towson Town Center (Towson)

Missouri

  • Country Club Plaza (Kansas City)

Virginia

  • Country Club Plaza (Kansas City)
  • Lynnhaven Mall (Virginia Beach)

Wisconsin

  • Bayshore (Glendale) – Wisconsin
  • Hilldale (Madison) – Wisconsin
  • Mayfair (Wauwatosa) – Wisconsin

MacRumors has more:

Six of the 28 stores in California that have not yet re-closed are also reportedly returning to curbside service. They are Valley Fair and Oakridge in Santa Clara County, North County in San Diego County, Roseville in Place County, Arden Fair in Sacramento County, and Santa Rosa Plaza in Sonoma County.

According to Steeber, the California stores listed above are located in indoor malls that had to close because they’re in counties on the state monitoring list.

Apple investors are likely going to interpret this as a bad sign in terms of Apple’s earnings because many of the Apple stores in the United States are still closed due to the coronavirus. Although Apple’s online stores remain open for business, its brick-and-mortar locations that rely on foot traffic account for a significant proportion of the company’s revenue.

For those who prefer to shop at physical stores, the iPhone maker recently launched a new “Shop with a Specialist” appointment option

Apple retail and the coronavirus

Apple currently operates 510 retail stores around the world. Of that number, more than half of the stores (to be precise, 271 stores) are located in the United States and 239 are doing business in various countries around the world.

According to an internal memo to Apple’s retail army by its head of retail Deirdre O’Brien, the management does not expect to see Apple’s corporate offices in the United States returning to normal workforce numbers before the end of 2020. The company is also encouraging retail employees to find work-from-home opportunities as retail stores are closed.

How do you shop these days?

When it comes to purchasing your Apple gear, how do you prefer to do your shopping in the age of the novel coronavirus? Do you use Apple’s online store with in-store pickup or home delivery? Or do you take your chances and visit one of nearby Apple’s stores?

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