Last month, we reported that Apple would begin expanding into smaller markets by launching “store-within-a-store” outlets at select Target locations in the United States. It appears that Apple is looking to build upon this idea, as the Cupertino-based company is allegedly in contract talks with Sam’s Club, a subsidiary of Walmart, to bring the same mini-stores concept to the wholesale retail chain. If the plan falls through, however, there is a Plan B…
Should a deal not be reached, Sam’s Club will apparently just begin carrying Macs instead in addition to the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models it already sells. It is unknown if certain Walmart locations will embrace these new Apple designated areas as well.
Sam’s Club and Apple are not only in early discussions for the Apple store-in-store program, but a backup plan is also being discussed. This plan consists of Sam’s Club simply selling Apple’s Macs, but without the Apple Store features. Since the discussions are still early, sources could not comment on a timeframe for such partnerships, but we know the store-in-stores will likely not be coming soon—or at all if the discussions fall flat.