Apple on Tuesday updated its retail store pages in Canada noting the opening of two stores on Saturday, August 18. One store will open in Coquitlam, British Columbia and the other in my hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Halifax store is located at the Halifax Shopping Centre and will open at 9:30 am. The Coquitlam store is located at the Coquitlam Centre and will also open at 9:30 am local time.
The two openings this weekend will put Apple’s total Canadian retail stores at 25. The company’s total retail stores worldwide will stand at 375.
The new stores will continue Apple’s tradition of offering personalized service for customers purchasing products from the company. Services like Personal Setup, where Apple store employees help set up your iPhone, iPad, or Mac with email, iTunes accounts and other apps will be part of the store experience.
Apple has greatly expanded the number of services it offers customers since opening its first store. I’ve attended a number of store openings over the years, including New York’s 5th Avenue and SoHo locations, and the Palo Alto and San Jose stores. Since then Apple has added things like its $99 One to One program, allowing customers to get personal, group or open training sessions for a year.
Of course, both new stores will also feature the Genius Bar, a hallmark of Apple’s retail experience.
Update: The number of stores in Canada is 25, not 24 as previously stated.