Apple Tops U.S. Retail Chains in Sales Per Square Foot

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    RetailSails compiles (via 9to5Mac) a list of the top 20 U.S. retail store chains, revealing that Apple easily leads the pack with sales of well over $5,000 per square foot. Second-place Tiffany & Co. came in well behind at under $3,000 per square foot.
    RetailSails' report analyzed over 160 U.S.-based retail companies, reporting sales information and calculated sales per square foot on a global basis.

    Some of Apple's flagship locations understandably generate sales significantly above the average, with performance at the company's Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan being pegged at approximately $35,000 per square foot several years ago.

    Article Link: Apple Tops U.S. Retail Chains in Sales Per Square Foot
  2. macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2011
    Moscow, Russia
  3. macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    This is likely due to Apple's *very* strategic store location planning. They're very careful to not water down their brand by putting stores on every corner a la Radio Shack. Plus, they generally only put them in upscale shopping areas.

    Pair that with the fact that people love buying their Apple products in a brick & mortar store, and it's an instant win!

    They deserve it, really. Nobody thought their stores would survive, and look at them now. Their stores are what really allowed them to survive and do so well over the last decade. I credit them to really "saving" the company.
  4. wol
    macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2005
    Makes me wonder where the Microsoft retail stores end up in sales per square foot... ;)
  5. macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2011
    They will just open realy really small stores to beat apple at this record
  6. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Interdasting.... However this is almost given, taking into account Apple's current momentum.
  7. macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2007
    Seattle, Wa
    I would have figured as much. An Apple store looks like a swank nightclub with a waiting list vs the stores that surround it (usually something like VS).
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2010
    Could the average cost of Apple products vs. the average cost of products at other stores also be part of this (meaning Apple has more expensive products)?

    I think so.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
    I take it you don't shop at Tiffany's?
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2007
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    I wonder if this is just brick-and-mortar sales, or if it includes Internet, education sales, etc, as well?
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2009
    Northern, VA
    Tiffany's sucks, I bought my wife sterling silver ring and it turned her finger green. It took all sorts of cursing at them to give me my money back after trying to up-sell me on platinum. :mad:
  12. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    Costco seems odd to me... just because they have such huge stores.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2005
    San Diego, CA

    Is this monthly or yearly? The chart doesn't say.
  14. macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    When every other store in the mall looks half-dead, the Apple Store is lit up and full of people. Even though most of the customers are just fooling around, enough of them must be buying stuff.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2011
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    I would have to disagree, there are some hot dog stands on 5th that would contend for that title
  16. macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2010
    Also take into consideration the PRICE of the machines they sell per squarefoot.
  17. macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2008
    It seems "spread them wide and sell them dear" works even better.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there
    Given that it excludes online sales this is pretty impressive.

    Even though we have three Apple Stores in town, I never bought anything in the store - I always order online (and so do most of my friends here).
  19. macrumors 601


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    When I look at Tiffany's products, I think how much flash storage I could buy with the same amount or a fully loaded Mac Pro before they are discontinued from the product line as we know it.
  20. macrumors 68020

    May 23, 2011

    I am reading a book called 'Disrupt!' about businesses that thought outside the box, the Apple retail store is listed as one of the examples. Apparently, Apple observed that users like not only to look at a product, but interact with it: Touch it, feel it, as if it is their own. All Apple sales reps are trained not to hassle customers, be responsive but not to be over the customer's shoulder as they are shopping (have you been to a furniture store recently? Jesus!)

    Apple sells an experience in their store, and they make it so easy for you to wip the plastic out and any t-shirt wearing sales rep can instantly do the checkout for you. No need to drag all the stuff and go to the 'checkout line'
  21. macrumors newbie


    Jul 7, 2011
    Really? This is something to report on? It must be a slow rumor day, because this is one of the silliest things I've seen on macrumors. I would much rather have another mock of a mock up of a mock up with a watermark that says this is a mock up.

  22. macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2008
    You beat me to this comment.

    I'm VERY perplexed why the MS stores aren't on this list. ??? :rolleyes:
  23. macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there
    click on the linked article - it has all the details:

  24. macrumors 68030

    Mattie Num Nums

    Mar 5, 2009
    Very true. I worked at a 30 foot that did insane business!!!!
  25. macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2008
    I would think that not only Tiffany's (#2), but also Coach (#3), has a higher average price for their merchandise.

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