Shop Different: Retail Store in MN to Open This Weekend [Updated]

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2001, 14:10
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I just received this email from Apple announcing the Grand Opening celebration for their retail store in The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN this weekend. The event is being held on Saturday 11 August 2001, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.


I just received this email from Apple announcing the Grand Opening celebration for their retail store in The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN this weekend. The event is being held on Saturday 11 August 2001, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.


”A scene from a rock concert.” That’s how Joe Wilcox of CNET News described the grand opening of the Apple store in McLean, Virginia. “The crowd ? which earlier broke into chants of ‘Apple! Apple! Apple!’ ? roared when the store opened at 10 a.m. EDT.” The same day at the Glendale, California, opening, an estimated 1500 of the Mac faithful were on hand when the doors opened.

Now it’s your turn. Come to the new Apple store in Mall of America this weekend. You can learn to make a movie on a Mac, see how easy it is to burn a CD of your favorite music, or discover how to publish digital photos on your own website. Experience our giant 10-foot (diagonal) screen and step up to the Genius Bar to meet your local Mac Genius.

You can do it all at the grand opening of the new Apple store at Mall of America, this Saturday, Aug. 11, at 9:00 a.m. If you’re one of the first 1000 customers at the grand opening, you’ll get a free Apple shirt.

Update: Confusion: Apple Mall of America Grand Opening Time


I don’t know if Apple plans to clear this up before the 11th, but as of right now, there is much confusion through the net, with three different opening times.

MacNN is reporting, as well as a person on the MacNN forums who claims they work at the store, that the doors open at 9am. Go2Mac is reporting about emailed invites from Apple that state 9am. The official opening time for all stores in the MOA is 9:30am for Saturdays. The www.apple.com/retail site states Saturday hours of operation at 10am.

When I called the store directly today, I spoke with someone in the Apple Store who checked and told me 9:30am grand opening. The main point is, Apple.com and the people at the store need to get their ducks in a row, and start reporting an “official, no doubt about it,” time. Or else, we are going to have some upset Apple fans, who either show up unexpectedly early or later than needed.

[Ed: get there early...]

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