Russian Apple reseller re:Store temporarily closing stores to assess situation
MOSCOW. March 2 (Interfax) - Russian Apple products reseller re:Store is temporarily closing its stores in order to assess the market situation, the press service for Inventive Retail Group, which manages the chain, told Interfax.
Social media users were warned that starting the morning of March 2, all re:Store locations are closed. At the same time, it has not been possible to acquire any Apple products on the official website of the American corporation since Monday evening.
"The decision to close re:Store locations is temporary and is due to the necessity of evaluating the current situation on the market. Stores will continue to function as normal in the near future," the press service said.
An employee of another home appliance and electronics chain told Interfax that the company would not be selling Apple products starting on Tuesday, other than cases and charging equipment.
On Tuesday, an informed market source told Interfax that Russian retailers had suspended sales of Apple products, and distributors had halted supplies of the company's products. At the same time, Apple has not yet sent its Russian partners any official information on a cessation of sales.
A number of foreign media outlets reported earlier, citing a corporate announcement, that Apple had decided to suspend sales of its products in Russia due to the events in Ukraine, as well as limit the use of Apple Pay and other services.
Apple has not published any official press releases on its website, and the press service for Apple in Russia has not commented on the matter.
Monday evening, the official Apple website in Russia informed customers trying to make purchases that the company had canceled deliveries, and as a result, it is impossible to acquire Apple products.