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Why is there no Apple Store in Ireland?

Apple Store New York

To fit the profile for opening an Apple store in Ireland, it would make sense for Apple to focus on areas with high populations but low iPhone penetration levels.

Dublin is the only area in Ireland that would come close to those population numbers but most people already have iPhones in Ireland. Stores like Vodafone and the Carphone warehouse already sell the iPhone with a price plan.

When you consider Apple’s headquarters for Europe is in Ireland (Cork), this becomes a more interesting question!

However, I think in fact the simple answer is, why bother!

Fake Apple Store, China

Asia

I’ve been reading a lot on the internet about the so-called fake Apple Stores in Asia, I understand that two have now been closed, not because of any reaction from Apple (yet), but because they were unlicensed.

Apple is obviously regarded well in Asia if stores are willing to fake it.

CompuB

The closest we get to having an ‘Apple Store in Ireland is with the ‘CompuB’ stores. CompuB has some very nice stores in Dublin and Limerick and are the officially licenced reseller of Apple products.

There is however an Apple Store in Northern Ireland.

Stats

As of 2018, Apple’s has 506 stores across 25 countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Macao, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Apple stores, in themselves, are a tourist attraction, have you ever seen the stores in New York City? There are people outside actually taking photos… of a computer store!


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  • there is one in northern irleand, in belfast … victoria square

  • CompuB offer walk in AppleCare support. Rather handy. I use the Grafton Street Store. But we do need a store. I use London to buy my apple equipment and replace headphones etc. sales are still too low to bring a full store – yet.

    • Total *****. Sales are not too low. There are 1.8M people living in greater Dublin. Sales would be high enough, Dubs love their Apple gear. There are many existing Apple Stores around the world in Cities with smaller populations. Charlottle North Carolina is getting a new Apple Store real soon, there are already 4 Apple Stores in North Carolina. Charlotte itself has a population of less than half of Dublin’s with a population density greater than 4 times less than that of Dublin. Don’t be spouting crap when you clearly are just pulling this information out of your rear-end. Apple simply has their eye off the ball when it comes to Ireland, we’ll get a store eventually, but it will be a long time coming. I wouldn’t mind but we could probably handle 4 stores in Ireland, never mind just one. We could certainly handle one in Dublin and one in Cork. That would get the ball rolling.

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