Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
Apple opened its first retail stores in McLean, VA and Glendale, CA on Saturday.ReaderDaniel Davis has posted severalpictures from the McLean grand opening on his Web site. Apple has alsoposted pictures and a video tour with Steve Jobsof thebig day. C|Net has also posted an article.
Go2Mac reader Mark W. Gray from Van Nuys, CA send us his impression of theGlendale AppleStore:
I thought the Apple Store opening would be a big deal, butI had no idea… I drove down to the Glendale Galleria to take a look and founda line an hour and a half long to get in. You could see most of it through thewindows, and the security people didn’t bother the people like me who justhovered around the entrance. I didn’t wait in the line to get in, but it wasn’tmuch of a disappointment. Apple had some friendly people circulating through theline out in the mall with the new iBooks.
That might have been more impressive than what was inside. (This is what I hadreally came to see anyway.) The guy handed me this beautiful, slim littlecomputer with the web browser running via an Airport in the store; no stringsattached. I went to my own web site and played my Flash cartoon. The thing justplain works. We non-line waiters passed it around, closed it, opened it; itworked beautifully. We even went to the apple site about the store we couldn’tget into and watched Steve Jobs give a video tour. If we could have found astore webcam, it would have been the perfect product demo. I also finally got tosee the big Cinema Display (in the front window) which I’d heard about for solong. Now if I only had the money or the need…
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