Fifty-two people will lose their jobs in Atlantic City after Apple Inc. announced Friday that it's closing its retail store on the Boardwalk.
Apple filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the state of New Jersey for 52 employees who will be affected, according to a story on Bloomberg's website.
The store is located at The Pier Shops at Caesars. It opened in 2006.
“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.”
The statement said it will shut down the store once its lease expires, without giving a specific date.
The iPhone maker rarely closes a retail store without relocating it. Apple last closed a store in Simi Valley, California, for similar reasons. The company has more than 500 stores globally with more than half located in the United States.