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Huppin’s opens doors and starts selling Apple products in Spokane

The new North Division Huppin’s store formally opens tomorrow, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m.

The newly remodeled location, at 8016 N. Division, will feature plenty of HDTVs, cameras, audio gear, camcorders, headphones and home theater systems.

It will also start selling Apple products. Huppin’s President Murray Huppin worked for most of the past year to sign a reseller deal that allows his company to sell just about everything Apple makes except iPads and iPhones.

Apple opened its own retail store in downtown Spokane in September. Huppin said that had no effect on his effort to become an Apple reseller.  Apple already has two area retail resellers – Best Buy, and Strong Solutions — both of which sell a full line of Apple computers, iPhones and iPads.

Huppin’s two stores will both sell Apple products. However its nationwide online service, OneCall, will not, Huppin said.

The deal came about as Huppin’s wanted to bring to its customers the smart and nifty devices that have made Apple the most valuable tech company in the world. Huppin said he believes Apple forged the deal in part because Huppin’s customers see the Spokane home-grown company as an innovator and clear leader in consumer electronics retailing.

Inside the new Spokane Apple retail store

Roughly 450 to 550 people were waiting to get into the new Spokane Apple retail store Saturday, as doors opened at 10 a.m.

Here are a few photos and one embedded video to show what the store looks like.

Disclaimer: The Cowles Co. runs River Park Square, which is the landlord for this store. Knowing full well people may accuse us of overdoing coverage of this event, we’ll stand accused. Since our job is to acknowledge and evaluate events or circumstances worth community attention, we decided one more post on the opening was warranted.

Win a coffee card by guessing the date Apple’s Spokane store opens

We’ll be offering a $10 coffee card to whoever can come CLOSEST to the correct date for the opening of the downtown Spokane Apple retail store.

This photo shows the front and part of the interior, shot on or about Sept. 13, on Main in downtown Spokane.   Officially, Apple Inc. has failed to acknowledge it’s building or opening this store.

So, some contest rules. One entry per person; family of employees of The Cowles Co. and all its subsidiaries are ineligible. And of course, employees or contractors doing work for Apple are also not eligible to win.

To win, correctly name the date the store will open. As a tiebreaker, also add the hour the store will open for its first customers. For multiple winners, Office Hours will randomly select the sole winner in a drawing.

To enter, submit your name and guess in the comments section below this post. Entries must be from valid registered users of Spokesman.com. YOU DO NOT need to leave your e-mail address in the comment area. Or you can e-mail submissions to Business@spokesman.com with the subject APPLE.

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