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Apple: new retail store elements coming

updated 05:20 pm EDT, Wed September 13, 2006

New retail store designs

Apple tody said it will introduce new design features at its retail stores later this month. Senior Apple Retail VP Ron Johnson also said that Apple is now the nation's fastest growing retailer, averaging one new store opening every nine days, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The company's retail executive made his comments at the ThinkEquity Partners' investment conference Wednesday in San Francisco. "It's an upgrade," Johnson, senior vice president of retail at Apple told those conference attendees. According to the report, the new design features will draw from Apple's new Fifth Avenue store, which is open 24-7 and earlier this week welcomed its one-millionth visitor -- in under four months since the grand-opening on May 19th. Pre-announcing the grand-opening of yet-announced stores, Johnson said that the new elements will be unveiled on September 23 at new retail stores in Providence, Rhode Island and Columbia, Maryland. In addition, the executive said that Apple expects to open 40 stores annually for the foreseeable future.




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  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Forty?

    40 stores a year? That's incredible. This is one hot company right now.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oooh

    New design features. The anticipation is just, um, what's the word.....oh, right....lacking.

    Let's see, I guess on the 23rd I can stand for hours outside the one in Columbia waiting to be one of the first to see these exciting new design features (look, the Genius bar now sells salad!), or I can sleep in, do some things that are actually productive, and check it out two days later when no one will be there.

    Plus, being wanted by several different law enforcement agencies, don't want to end up on 22 different blogs of other louzers who just need to take pictures of such things ("Look! There's a Mac! On a table! Man, I've never seen that before! Stand next to it Mark, and I'll take your picture!")

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yet-announced?

    Oh, and what qualifies as 'announced'? I mean, I saw months ago the big wall with Apple's logo on it saying "Coming Soon". Isn't that kind of announcing the thing? h***, saw the same thing in Atlantic City (in case they didn't announce that one yet either).

    Of course, in AC, there'll only be three people in line, because you can't get anyone away from their slots...

  1. Cec

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Appleuzr

    LMAO!! Thank you, thank you for giving me a great laugh to start my day!! Excellent response to the aptly named louzer!

    Cheers!

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    louzer

    "or I can sleep in, do some things that are actually productive"

    do you consider your post productive? You're better off standing in line at the next Apple store opening... but let us know which one, so we can be elsewhere.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: cool

    I know, that whole story sounds about as ridiculous as some guy sitting at home with his pants down in front of his computer, getting off on writing negative comments on an apple forum. Sucks that that's your life huh? I still love you though, your the bestest!

    Wait, that sounds like all you guys, sitting at home jerking off on a new apple opening! "OMG, look, its got teak floors! Oh, yeah! That's it baby! Now move over to see the genius bar!"

    Oh, and people who mock those who'll stand in line for a new version of Windows, but think standing in line for a freakin' store opening (not even a new product launch, just a store opening) are just fans.

    The over-the-top mac-boys are as bad as the Star Wars idiots ("How could George change our movie!?!?!?"). But then, you all have that 'superiority' complex going as well, you don't care that your the jokes of the computer world.

    So, I'd have to ask, did Steve'o like it when you went deep inside him, saying "You're so great! You're so great, Steve" over and over?

    And louzer wasn't with me last night! So if I find you were posting sensical truths with someone else yesterday, we are so over!

    As for being productive, its not the weekend...

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    wow

    "Wait, that sounds like all you guys, sitting at home jerking off on a new apple opening! "

    wow. with comebacks like that the game is over boys. there's simpy no rebuttal. done deal. finito. pack it up and go home. the only thing that he coud have written to top that would have been "OH YEAH MAN!"

    oh, and that soon to be classic "jokes of the computer world". wow again. people willingly use something that has over 140,000 virus's in 17 years of existence compared to, let's see, zero for OSX in 6 years and we're the joke. let's take a look now, let's assume vista is stable. no, stay with me. let's assume also that mac's get hit and hard and get, oh i don't know, let's just say 8 new virus' a week. vista now gets none cause it's so rock solid. in roughly about 300 years the mac would be the same security threat that windows is today. now, who around here has the cojones to think they're superior?

  1. MacnnGregor

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Take it to MySpace...

    For all of you who aren't 16 (or 38 years old with no life), I do find it rather amazing that Apple Stores could be called the fastest growing retailer. I would like to see how these compare with Dell kiosks by number and sales volume and other small box retailers of tech like RadioShack (which I know is far bigger).

    Once iTV's are sitting in Apple Stores and I guess Apple sells a plasma screen or two, it will draw in an even broader market of buyers from the Bose store down the mall.

    Apple is in your pocket in more ways than one!

  1. nat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    confused

    I fail to see what growth has to do with how many Radio Shacks there are or how much Dell currently is selling. They may have bigger numbers but is their retail growth (that would be the "growing" part of "growing retailer") stagnant or are they on a par with what Apple is doing? Are they adding new ones as fast? Radio Shack sure as heck isn't as it's closing a whole bunch of their stores so I would guess their "growing" would pale in comparison. I guess I'm missing your point.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Plasma?

    Plasma tv's suck. If they did sell one it would just be for halo effect or whatnot. LCD, and soon OLED are far superior, without burn-in or fade. Oh, also, you know how CRT tubes are affected by magnets? So are plasma screens. Psh.

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