Apple to shutter Atlantic City store

Apple will be shutting down its retail store in Atlantic City, New Jersey – a very rare move from the iPhone maker.

The shuttering of the store means as many as 52 people will lose their jobs – a layoff by Apple that is unheard of in recent times. Apple last closed a store in Simi Valley, California, for similar reasons. The company has more than 500 stores globally with over half located in the U.S.

Apple filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the state of New Jersey for 52 employees who will be affected. The iPhone maker rarely closes a retail store without relocating it.

“Due to a sharp decline in tourism and visitors to the area, we have made the difficult decision not to extend our lease,” an Apple spokesman said in a statement. “We are offering all of the store’s employees other jobs within Apple and we look forward to serving our Greater Atlantic City customers through our other southern New Jersey, Delaware Valley, and Greater Philadelphia area stores.”