In a move that might surprise a few, Cupertino-based technology giant Apple has decided to bring down the curtain on its retail stores in the Eastern District of Texas, according to a report by TechCrunch. As per the report, the company feels that this move will help the company to protect itself from patent infringement lawsuits.
According to Apple, the employees affected by this move will be offered new jobs new jobs with the company as a result of these changes.
As per Mac Rumors’ report, the company will shut down its Willow Bend store in Plano, Texas and its Apple Stonebriar store in Frisco. The stores will permanently shut business on 25th April 2019.
The Eastern District of Texas has been a popular destination for patent trolls to file their lawsuits and a recent Supreme Court ruling has attempted to buck the trend by stating that patent holders can’t decide where to file the patents.
In recent times, Apple has been a victim of patent trolls. The company paid $625.6 million to patent holding firm VirnetX in 2016 over protocol patents and more recently had to pay $502.6 million over four communication patents.
The closure of the stores could have had a big impact on the employment scene in the reason, had Apple not offered jobs to its retail staff.
The total strength in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is close to 1000 and it has seen a growth of 33 percent in the past five years.
Speaking about Apple’s decision to bring down the shutter, a representative from the company confirmed the news and said:
“We’re making a major investment in our stores in Texas, including significant upgrades to NorthPark Center, Southlake and Knox Street. With a new Dallas store coming to the Dallas Galleria this April, we’ve made the decision to consolidate stores and close Apple Stonebriar and Apple Willow Bend. All employees from those stores will be offered positions at the new Dallas store or other Apple locations.”