A Lot of money in Hot Springs, friends of mine have to go to Little Rock to buy their Apple stuff. I'm in Metairie La. the bedroom of New orleans. We have a tiny Apple store,
always packed. Nothing in New Orleans. What's up with that Apple?
I should have credited Yogi Berra. I'll go back and edit it. :)
This is what I was wondering. Seems Apple should be cautious in how they up size stores. It makes sense to have some very large stores in the mega cities of the world, but in smaller places bigger stores might be a risky proposition. I can only think of the big car companies who built giant factories everywhere when times were good only to shut them down and lay everyone off when sales inevitably drop. We don't like to think of this, but someday there will be a drop in sales for Apple. What would be the better scenario: big stores that look half empty of customers, or smaller stores that still look busy and successful?
Stores can be downsized as well as upsized. I think you are too pessimistic. Apple stores are doing fabulously well, All indications are that they will continue to do very, very well for the foreseeable future. IMO.
Yup, the stores were designed originally with no one at the door, and the register in back. Things have changed now, and they need to re-think the layout. Some of the stores have indeed changed, but the greeter at the door is kind of a pain. I usually just blow them off and go back and check for what I want. Maybe the day will come if you blow off the greeter, alarms and bells sound like you are leaving the store with an iPad under your jacket, but I hope not.
My father was in the Restaurant business for over 40 years. He only finished the 9th grade, cause thats the way it was done in the Ozarks in 1929. However, he had one very wise saying....."small restaurants full, make a LOT more money than big restaurants half full." He also was proud that he never ever laid any employees off :)
Even worse if you have an appointment to get something fixed and you have to wait a long time. There is much place to stand and you always feel like you are in the way of someone...very annoying.
I agree with others in saying the problem isn't the size of the stores, it's how they manage customers. In my experiences I just stand around till someone helps me, and then they rush to the back and deal with other customers and I sit and worry that they might have forgotten about me. It seems too disorganized. I suppose it's a more fluid experience than standing in a long line, but with the technology at hand I'm sure that they could come up with a solution that handles traffic better and keeps the customer from getting bored in a line. A system not too dissimilar to grabbing a number at a deli comes to mind, right now I feel like it's whoever comes around to you.