By Ian Sherr
Apple plans to close some of its retail stores for at least an hour Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the matter, a gesture that coincides with the companyâ€™s planned celebration of co-founder Steve Jobsâ€™s life at its headquarters.
Retail employees were informed that a private company event was scheduled and that the retail stores will temporarily close during that time, according to two people who work for Apple but arenâ€™t authorized to speak on its behalf. One of the employees said the event would last for up to three hours.
Apple hasnâ€™t told retail employees why it plans to temporarily close the stores during normal working hours, though these people note that such closings rarely happen for events other than special product launches. Some retail employees were told about the meeting over the phone rather than by a widely distributed internal message, one person said.
Apple is planning a celebration of co-founder Steve Jobsâ€™s life at its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters Wednesday. Chief Executive Tim Cook said in an email to staff that the event, which comes two weeks after Jobs died following a long struggle with pancreatic cancer, was meant â€œto take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place.â€
A small, private funeral was held on Oct. 7, followed by a much larger event for coworkers, friends and other industry executives last Sunday.
Apple reiterated that the celebration on Wednesday is for employees only.
(Published Oct. 18, 2011 in The Wall Street Journal and on wsj.com.)