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It’s been all of two weeks since we last went lady-gaga about Apple opening a retail store in downtown Spokane. So it’s time to once again bow down to the Lord of Cupertino.
During the company’s recent earnings call, Steve Jobs noted that retail store foot traffic, at its 317 U.S. locations, drew more than 74.5 million visitors. A recent note on this, at theAtlantic.com, pointed out that many of those visis may not have led to purchases. The short item, with a graphic, said Apple stores have become something like the tech version of mall-hopping.
Here’s the graphic and we’ll have to trust the numbers compiled in producing it.
Just in case you wonder what the front of the new Apple retail store in Spokane looks like.
Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday. And we note, there are strong supporters here of Strong Solutions, a Spokane Apple retailer. That group is holding a little counter-celebration and campout at that company’s store, on East Sprague, at the same time.
Disclaimer: River Park Square is the landlord for the new Apple retail store. Cowles Co., which runs this newspaper, also owns that downtown mall.
Fifteen people made guesses in our recent Office Hours contest to guess the opening date and time of the Spokane Apple store.
Mike Brede (the first of those 15) got it right: it’s 10 a.m. this Saturday. Three others said Saturday but none said 10 a.m. One other guess said 10 a.m. one week earlier, Sept. 18.
That person, and Brede, apparently knew the Apple rule: always open a new store at 10 a.m. on a Saturday. The logical choices were either Sept. 18, 25 or one week later, on Oct. 2.
Brede gets a $10 coffee card from Spokane coffee company Atticus.
SMALL ADDENDUM: This same post earlier said the city’s first year take of $175,000 would be a big help to cash-strapped coffers. That of course is a fairly loose guess and not based on any Apple-provided sales estimates. And, on further review, that money will help the city but not that much. A recent SR story said the city has a $12 million budget hole to fill.
Of course we’re still excited about the opening of Spokane’s first Apple retail store this Saturday, at 10 a.m.
Not because of the 1,000 free T-shirts. We’re hoping the Apple cash registers start popping genormous numbers and the end result will be a hefty injection of new state sales tax dollars into city, and county, coffers.
A city official said the Spokane store, on a likely projection, will generate $175,000 per year in sales tax revenue for the city. Considering how strapped the city is, that’s a big help.
We’re adding this link to a YouTube video of last weekend’s Apple store opening in Turin, Italy. About 700 people were in line when it opened.
Points to note: the Apple store staff go out of their way to be overly helpful, especially on Day One.
And, of those in line, easily 85 percent are males. So, be forewarned if you get in the queue before Saturday’s 10 a.m. opening. Be sure to have your conversational gambits all-guy, all the time. The checklist: sports, “Battlestar Galactica,” “Community,” and the reasons why you don’t much care for the Kindle… You might also comment about how it’s nice to see the ladies come out for the event, as well.
It’s not that Apple HAS to tell anyone when it’s going to open a new store. It’s their store, and they can keep their news under a blanket as long as they want.
Yesterday, Apple finally announced its Spokane store — the first in these parts — will open on Saturday, in downtown Spokane. For a project costing more than $2 million, one has to say they did a fairly good job of hiding the actual start day from the rest of us.
Up to this week Apple Inc. has never said it will open a store in Spokane, even though the company’s distinctive retail space has been taking shape downtown for weeks.
That changed when Spokeswoman Amy Barney said the store, at 710 W. Main, will open at 10 a.m.
Apple began planning plans to build the store as far back as February, obtaining permits and arranging a lease for space in River Park Square. The downtown shopping mall is owned by Cowles Co., which also owns The Spokesman-Review.
This is Apple’s first retail store in the Spokane area. The nearest other stores are in Bellevue, Portland and Boise. When the Boise Apple store opened earlier this month, several hundred people waited in line, according to news reports.
“It’s a great thing when a great brand like Apple comes in here,” Dresel said. “It raises the level of all retail boats in the community.”
“They keep it close to the chest, and then when you finally get to go inside their stores, they exceed customer expectations,” he said.