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Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 10:25 a.m.

Apple store in Briarwood Mall to close temporarily for Steve Jobs' memorial

By Lizzy Alfs

Apple employees across the United States are celebrating the life of co-founder Steve Jobs today, closing Apple retail stores nationwide, according to a report in Reuters.


Customers gather for the opening of Briarwood Mall's Apple Store in 2007.

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In order to view a live broadcast celebrating his life, the Apple store in Briarwood Mall will be closed from 12-3 p.m., Denise Murray, director of marketing and business development for Briarwood, confirmed this morning.

The memorial event is being held at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, Reuters reports.

Jobs died at age 56 on Oct. 5 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He resigned as Apple CEO shortly before his death, handing the job over to Tim Cook.

There are five Apple stores in Michigan, including one in Grand Rapids and three in Metro Detroit.

Ann Arbor's Apple store opened in summer 2007 and quickly became a popular destination in the JCPenney wing of Briarwood Mall.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 10:28 a.m.

Sadly, Mr. Jobs innovations did not extend to manufacturing or to the 500,000 children and young teens he employs in his Chinese factory. They work 12 to 16 hours a day, six or seven days a week (more before holidays), before becoming crippled by repetitive motion injuries and fired after a few years on the job. I'm guessing they won't be holding any tributes, unless of course they are forced to. How many US employers do you know who have to string suicide nets outside their facilities, to stop the employees from jumping? Link to story below. Apple's Chinese workers treated 'inhumanely, like machines' To see this story with its related links on the site, go to <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> Apple's Chinese workers treated 'inhumanely, like machines' Investigation finds evidence of draconian rules and excessive overtime to meet western demand for iPhones and iPads


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 10 a.m.

When President Reagan died, per his wife's instructions, his body was flown back to CA. first and then back to Washington and then back to his &quot;mausoleum&quot; in CA. The government was shut down for 3 days. Cost: $400 million - to tax payers. At least this is a &quot;privatized&quot; funeral so all that's lost is a couple hours of &quot;productivity&quot; and availability of products for those who shop at Apple Stores. Well - there are &quot;other costs&quot; - like having Mac onlinw forum owners kicking members off their 'lists' because they don't show absolute deep sorrow over the loss of their King. Lots of reasonable people, those Mac / Steve lovers, yessiree. Only the good die young -- Billy Joel. You can never go broke underestimating the American people. -- P. T. Barnum.


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 4:55 a.m.

Frankly I am tired of Apple nutty people and their endless tributes to Steve Jobs. I am very sorry for his family and his friends and that he died so young. (he was a smoker..he must of known the risks right?) He was an innovator etc....But he shut down his charity organization and didn't give away his vast fortune to the less fortunate in this country or anywhere else. He treated his employees very poorly and one of the Apple stores in NYC refused to sell to African-Americans.

Darth Pablo

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 3:36 a.m.

I hope they gave a special tribute to all the Charities he donated to......oh wait.....(missing footage)


Fri, Oct 21, 2011 : 7:14 p.m.

Steve Jobs was extremely private, what makes you think he would boast to the world any big donations? So every charity in the world could clamor for his remaining cash? It's suspected he did it anonymously. It should also be noted that billionaires giving away money publicly did not do so until they were about 70 years old. (Warren Buffet, Sam Walton of WalMart) Steve only made it to 56.

Robert D. Mosley

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 3:02 a.m.

An absolutely brilliant man who will be sorely missed for his inspiration for us all. Rest in peace.


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 12:27 a.m.

Steve Jobs deserves the homage that the world pays to him because of his incredible impact to improve the quality of so many lives, from a technological aspect. He has enhanced as many people across the globe as Theodore Geisel has taught children to read.

Kai Petainen

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 11:33 p.m.

iSad that he passed away. but, iFind it iRonic that the 1st earnings miss comes after he passes away. something seems odd to me about that. iWonder.

Kai Petainen

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 12:17 a.m.

this was known to people in the know how? analysts got it wrong -- i would presume they are in the 'know how'. but... i'm quite critical of analysts and how they value stocks, so perhaps they didn't know how.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 11:59 p.m.

The first earnings miss came because they delayed release of the iPhone 4S to the fall instead of releasing it in July....that resulted in people NOT buying iPhones knowing that the new one was around the corner. This was known to people in-the-know with Apple products...they announced two years ago that they wanted to switch to a fall release schedule rather than a summer release schedule.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 10:44 p.m.

I m sure Steve Jobs was a cool dude, and he was obviously a genuis in product development, however the unbelievable approach to making him a God like figure disgusts me to no end. Every day, we as Americans loose soldires, police officers and firefighters ,to situations where they performed as heroes, saving lives, without the least bit of recognition. I find this kind of tribute to an entrepeneuer kind of silly and overblown. the dog


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : 12:04 a.m.

Think of him as the Thomas Edison of our day. He deserves the respect...respect that takes nothing away from our Soldiers and Public Servants. Guys like him come around once every 50 years. Not overblown at all.


Thu, Oct 20, 2011 : midnight

I find that insinuation somehow insulting, ypsidog...I would hope that when I die, my employees close for the day and take some time to reflect.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 10:55 p.m.

I'm sure any store/business would close for their &quot;owners&quot; memorial.

Elaine F. Owsley

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 8:19 p.m.

That's a nice tribute - they would likely have received criticism if they stayed open or closed, so they chose the one that made sense to them. Jobs deserves recognition and respect for what he accomplished in his short life.

John of Saline

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 7:10 p.m.

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John of Saline

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 7:09 p.m.

A fitting cartoon tribute.


Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 5:24 p.m.

He will be greatly missed. Jobs was without a doubt one of the most significant business entrepreneurs of the last 100 years. RIP Steve.

Smart Logic

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 3:51 p.m.



Wed, Oct 19, 2011 : 3:32 p.m.

Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. You will be missed.