Just as there are Apple “stores within a store” at over 600 Best Buys, the company will implement the same concept in A”select Target locations later this year, enabling the company to expand its retail reach into smaller metro areas,” according to “AppleInsider” (http://www.appleinsider.com), quoting a “source familiar with Apple’s plans.”

The company plans to begin operating Apple-branded areas within 25 larger Target stores in locations which can’t support a standalone Apple Store, the article adds. The initial opening would be a small start, given that Target, the second-largest discount retail chain in the US, operates 1752 stores in the US. Apple has opened 359 of its own retail stores globally, 245 of which are in the US., notes “AppleInsider.”