Apple’s Newest, Largest Store (inside a Mall)

  • Posted: 01 September 2012 02:24 PM

    Bellevue Washington is the location of Apple’s newest retail store.  I’ve been told it is Apple’s largest retail store inside a mall.  As a regular customer, it was great to see some former Apple employees who showed up for this grand opening. 

    The Genius Bar is rather unique in that in can be used on both sides of a very long table.  The skylight (photo coming later this evening) is MASSIVE, which measures approx. 24’ square.

    The ceiling has fabric to improve the acoustical qualities of the store.

    I saw some new electronic toys offered by aftermarket vendors I’ve never seen before, including Bang and Olufsen products. 

    The number of Apple employees was astonishing, no doubt pulled from other area Apple locations.  The shot before the open includes Store Manager, Jeff (in shorts), who introduced himself to me a few days ago.  The former Store Manager, Loren, was also on hand, borrowed temporarily from the Alderwood store.

    It’s a beautiful store, as you’ll see below.  Congrats to Apple Retail!

    Update:  I see there were some photos missing—I see them now.  Odd.

    [ Edited: 02 September 2012 01:34 PM by lovemyipad ]      
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    Posted: 01 September 2012 02:33 PM #11

    I’ll be in that store on Monday.  Can’t wait.  Looks beautiful…..and Bellevue deserved this store.

    Also glad they are practicing getting the line management aspects perfected.  They will need that on September 21st.

    Now for downtown Seattle…

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    Posted: 01 September 2012 02:46 PM #14

    SPAM!

    Oh, hey Mercel. wink

    Ah, one of Apple’s “bigger store” designs.  Perfect for selling truckloads of iPhones in about three weeks.

    The daylight element is nice, if a little “risky” in terms of glare and glossy screens.  But I guess the skylight wasn’t “optional”?

    Keep a Browett watch on that store for us, will ya?  My local Apple Stores don’t seem to have changed for the worse, but it’s worth following just in case.

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    Posted: 01 September 2012 02:51 PM #15

    thanx, Mercel…the store looks fabulous.  It’s a 4 hr rt drive for me, so I think I’ll enjoy your pics and buy on line per usual.

    sign me envious!

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