You know those stores within a store at your local Best Buy
According to Apple Insider, about 25 Target stores will get a Cupertino-flavored makeover in 2012. For Apple, it's a push into markets that can't support a full-blown Apple Store with a Genius Bar and the airy design -- those are typically found in high-end malls, far away from the suburban areas where Target battles Wal-Mart for everyday dominance.
For Target, this would be a conscious effort to raise the company's profile. Notice how easily I compared Target with Sam Walton's discount empire? Target would love to live a few classes above that level, because the margins are fatter up there.
If this handful of Apple Targets helps both partners, we should expect many more of them in the coming months and years. The Minnesotan retailer runs more than 1,750 stores today, nearly double the location count of Best Buy and many times the retail footprint of Apple's 245 stores on American soil.
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