toggle

AAPL Stock: 97.67 ( + 0.64 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Long lines mark flagship Beijing Apple Store opening

updated 10:15 pm EDT, Fri October 19, 2012

Residents, tourists brave cold weather, overnight stays

The Wangfujing Apple Store in Beijing opened on Saturday to large crowds that began gathering the night before, enduring cold weather to be among the first to get into the city's latest, largest and third Apple retail store. The new building includes three storeys (including a basement), Asia's first all-glass staircase and is the largest Apple Store on the continent. The new shop has a strong emphasis on training and features 300 employees, two 360-degree Genius Bars and a spectacular location with a huge LED billboard for signage.

Chinese website M.I.C. Gadget has photos from the evening hours before the store opening, which happened at 9AM on Saturday local time. The Wangfujing store is located in a historic shopping district at the corner of a recently-renovated mall. It was previewed on Thursday by Apple SVP of Retail John Browett, who told reporters that the company will be opening another store in the city of Shenzhen soon, as well as other stores in China.

The opening of the Wangfujing store brings the company's total number of stores in China to six, with a combined workforce of 800. Beijing itself has two other stores, including China's first-ever Apple retail store in the Salitun area, and another in the Xidan district. The new store is only a few miles from either of the other two, and will likely see another long lineup in the near future when the iPhone 5 finally arrives in China for sale. [images via M.I.C. Gadget]









by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Razer Taipan mouse

The list of gaming devices is growing larger with each passing day. A large number of companies have entered the gaming input arena, a ...

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS

Every computer with a microphone or headphone port has one -- a digital to analog converter (DAC). There are nearly as many chipsets a ...

D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug

Home automation fans have been getting their fair share of gadgets and accessories in the last few years. Starting with light bulbs, a ...

toggle

Most Commented