Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Renovated Apple store at SouthPark grand reopening Saturday

Apple has spent a lot of money renovating its SouthPark mall store, and the company is holding a grand reopening ceremony on Saturday to celebrate.

From the company's announcement sent Tuesday: "The redesigned Apple Store, SouthPark, is opening soon, and it’s bigger and better than ever. There are more Apple products available for you to try. There’s more space for workshops, training, or to meet with a member of our Business Team. Even the Genius Bar is bigger, so we can help more customers."

Mecklenburg County building permits filed earlier this year show Apple spent more than $631,000 on the renovations. The scope of work included "partitions, ceilings, finishes,furniture, and related HVAC, electrical and plumbing work."

The store is currently open, but is holding a reopening event Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to mark the renovations. The first 1,000 customers get a free commemorative t-shirt (no purchase necessary), so if you haven't lined up for an Apple store opening yet, this is your chance.

Apple sent this promo photo. My take on it: "Your children will be amazed by Apple's laptops."


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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Probe: Apple avoided paying billions in taxes

18-month Congressional investigation is still finding offshore subsidiaries

Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/05/20/4053526/probe-apple-avoided-paying-billions.html#storylink=cpy

Anonymous said...

Thanks, but no thanks. I'll never buy or use an Apple product. More than Happy with Microsoft, Android, and Google.

Anonymous said...

Right, let me race out and buy white ear phones so I can look and be like everybody else!

Enjoy trying to pretend you are in high school again too.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see pictures of the people who will be camping out this week just for a free shirt.

Anonymous said...

I hope they spent as much money on renovating the personalities of the people who work there- Its rare to find a place with such socially inept employees.

Anonymous said...

OK, to the four whiners (or is it just the same person four times)- we are all glad you enjoy android. It's a good system. Hooray. Some people like (actually a lot) like Apple products. Hooray for them, too.

Now, what especially amuses me is the photo and caption- what the heck is that? Your children will be amazed by Apples' laptops?

Anonymous said...

OK - to the sorry whiner above talking about Apple: Maybe people are upset with Apple and all the seedy and shady dealings they are involved with. Go wait for your T-short and get off the computer. We will say our opinion whether you like it or not, by God.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it does seem that the people in that Apple store don't know how to really socialize with real human beings.

When asked about Microsoft Office and related Outlook products, they systematically shut down and seemed as though you were about to take their lunch money or something.

They didn't like trying to explain why Apple as a company makes it so you can't use anything related to Microsoft on their product. Talk about anti-social, spoiled and mad about it all.........they really are!

TC said...

Anonymous at 1:28 probably gets on his knees in front of Crapple execs...

Anonymous said...

Apple makes it hard to use Microsoft Office programs? Glancing down at my dock, I see that there are currently three of them running, and I'm sure I didn't do anything to open them other than clicking on a dock icon or double-clicking a Word or Excel document. I've used MS Office on Macs for around twenty years. Some versions have been buggier than others, but I doubt that was Apple's fault or intent.

As for the tax issue, I fail to see how this makes Apple different from other large US corporations that do business around the world. The last I heard, GE paid $0 in US corporate tax. Perhaps the laws should be changed, but that doesn't make it wrong for Apple to follow the current laws. I see no reason to single them out.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, the bitterness I see here.
Ummm, if you dont like their products... dont use them.

Oralia Sankey said...

It’s good that they’re taking the time to make it more presentable and comfortable for clients who have to stay in the store for prolonged periods of time. I just hope they made it more spacious and have at least a decent lounge for people waiting for their turn.

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