updated 02:05 am EDT, Fri May 13, 2011
Across the street for the first-ever Apple Store
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Apple Retail stores, the company plans to open a new, larger store in Glendale California at the Americana at Brand mall -- just across the street from the Glendale Galleria mall, home of Apple's very first retail store -- which will remain open, reports say. The new store, first reported by ifoAppleStore three weeks ago, was confirmed in a speech by Americana mall owner Rick Caruso yesterday at a town hall meeting in Los Angeles.
The new store would likely occupy a 14,000 square foot location formerly occupied by a Ruehl No. 925 upscale clothing store. If so, this would put the new location exactly 600 feet, door-to-door, from the Galleria Store, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary on May 19th. Although the Galleria store's original lease will also expire on that day, news reports in the area say the store will continue to remain open. This would make the two stores the closest-together of any in Apple's chain.
Both the Galleria store and one in Tyson's Corner, Virginia were opened on May 19th, 2001, the first of Apple's retail efforts which now numbers over 300 stores and is still following an ambitious, worldwide expansion plan. The Virginia store was technically open first due to the time-zone difference, and featured an appearance by CEO Steve Jobs, but the Galleria store has the store code R001, making it the official first store.
Apple's retail stores in total saw 71.1 million visitors last quarter, and brought in record-high revenues of $3.19 billion. [via ifoAppleStore]