If you were planning to honor Steve Jobs today by purchasing an Apple product, or hoping to make a stop at the Genius Bar, you might want to hold off. The Wall Street Journal reports that many retail stores are planning to close down for a few hours so that employees can participate in a private memorial service for the former Apple CEO today.
Stores will close during the company's private event, which will be streamed online for employees on the West Coast, for up to three hours. Jobs died two weeks ago after along battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.
No word on whether any retailers in San Francisco will be closed.
Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook, reportedly sent out a message to employees, saying the rare closure of the retail stores is meant "to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place."
Cook reiterated the planned memorial was for Apple employees only.
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