Apple announced that they will be closing Walnut Street Store in Philadelphia on their official retail web portal yesterday. This closing of store comes as protests over the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. continue.
As it stands, the Walnut Street store has been put under “special store hours” and closed at least till November 4. This move is to prevent looting in Apple stores which have become a side effect of such protests. While the protests carry out demonstrations for a good cause, looters see this opportunity to grab iPhones and make fortune. Apple Philadelphia store was a target for looters during nationwide demonstrations for the police killing of George Floyd.
Protesters clashed with police on Tuesday for a second night in a few areas around the city. The situation continued to worsen at the place of killing, at the intersection of 52nd and Market Streets where Wallace was killed. Reports of looting have also emerged in other areas of the city.
Apple has also increased security at other stores as elections are under way around the country and to counter looting in other parts of the country.
Apple has not provided a concrete date on the reopening of the store.