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Apple retail: Latest New Jersey store opens, construction underway for new Portland shop

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This weekend, Apple's new retail store at Quaker Bridge Mall in Lawrence Township, N.J., drew a crowd for its grand opening. Meanwhile, on the west coast, construction is well underway for a massive new store in Portland, Ore.

Quaker Bridge Mall



Jersey


Saturday at 10 a.m. marked the debut of Apple's latest retail location in New Jersey, located in Lawrence Township's Quaker Bridge Mall. Commemorative shirts were given to the first thousand customers who visited.

AppleInsider reader Sandeep was onhand at the grand opening, and provided the included pictures of the event and the crowd that turned out.

Jersey


Previously, customers who lived in New Jersey's South Brunswick area had to drive about a half-hour each way to reach the nearest Apple locations in Freehold or Bridgewater, according to Patch.

Jersey


Pioneer Place



Work is well underway for a massive new retail location in Portland, Ore., with two full floors of retail space now cleared out in preparation. The store is located in Portland's Pioneer Square, near the city's MAX Light Rail transit service.

Portland


AppleInsider reader Bob sent along the included pictures that show the progress being made. So far, a pedestrian bridge that used to be connected to the building has been removed.

The project was approved by the Portland Design Commission last July, though at the time the location was only "rumored" to be an Apple Store. That's because the company discreetly filed its application, and kept its identity anonymous during the planning phases.

Portland


But the design of the new store was enough to tip off Apple's involvement: The Pioneer Place location will feature a block-long glass storefront.

Construction on the project first kicked off last October. The new location was previously home to a Saks Fifth Avenue store.

Portland


Apple already has a much smaller Pioneer Place location near the food court, a location that's likely to close once the new store opens. No scheduled opening date has been given.

Just weeks ago, Microsoft opened its own retail store in the same neighborhood. As part of the festivities, Microsoft had the band Weezer play a show.
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We're getting two more stores here in NL, following the first Store in Amsterdam. They're busy in Haarlem, but nothing seems to be happening in The Hague.
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Just weeks ago, Microsoft opened its own retail store in the same neighborhood. As part of the festivities, Microsoft had the band Weezer play a show.

How appropriate¡
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This is also a convenience for residence of Bucks County, PA. We are only 15 minutes away from the Lawrenceville store. Prior to this we had to drive 30-45 minutes or longer to go to the King of Prussia, PA, Willow Grove, PA, Marlton, NJ or Cherry Hill, NJ stores.
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This is also a convenience for residence of Bucks County, PA. We are only 15 minutes away from the Lawrenceville store. Prior to this we had to drive 30-45 minutes or longer to go to the King of Prussia, PA, Willow Grove, PA, Marlton, NJ or Cherry Hill, NJ stores.

 

Agreed. There was a long time where the only options for Mercer and Bucks counties were King of Prussia and Freehold. Willow Grove helped a bit with that last year but I think this one at Quakerbridge Mall is going to get a lot of business.

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Excellent choice of spot in PDX; Pioneer Square is usually pretty packed with people (esp. during rush hours), and is a beautiful area. There's also no ugly-assed fountains or newspaper critics with pencils stuff up their backsides to contend with, either. Kind of why I like living in PDX Metro. 1smile.gif

I always wondered why they chose to put their big(ger) store in Washington Square Mall though, way out in Tigard, and put in such a tiny store downtown... a bigger store downtown would've made more sense, methinks. (edit - I think I know why... may have to do with The Mac Store)

@philboogie: Yep - MSFT had hired Weezer to help them open their store out here; the place is a ghost town now. Considering that Portland is a *huge* incubator for all things non-Windows (The Linux Foundation is in nearby Beaverton, for example), I'm not really surprised.
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Apple continues to build more stores yet sell less products. I sure hope it's just the economy that has Apple in the doldrums.
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Media coverage of the Microsoft store opening in Portland, OR. was pretty funny. TV and print showed a line of people camped out overnight to "get their hands on new MS products!". In reality MS was giving away tickets to a Weezer concert...apparently the only way they can draw a crowd. Like most, the new MS store remains empty for the most part.
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Apple continues to build more stores yet sell less products. I sure hope it's just the economy that has Apple in the doldrums.
Statistically nothing could be further from the truth. 1hmm.gif
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Excellent choice of spot in PDX; Pioneer Square is usually pretty packed with people (esp. during rush hours), and is a beautiful area. There's also no ugly-assed fountains or newspaper critics with pencils stuff up their backsides to contend with, either. Kind of why I like living in PDX Metro. 1smile.gif

I always wondered why they chose to put their big(ger) store in Washington Square Mall though, way out in Tigard, and put in such a tiny store downtown... a bigger store downtown would've made more sense, methinks. (edit - I think I know why... may have to do with The Mac Store)

@philboogie: Yep - MSFT had hired Weezer to help them open their store out here; the place is a ghost town now. Considering that Portland is a *huge* incubator for all things non-Windows (The Linux Foundation is in nearby Beaverton, for example), I'm not really surprised.

Agreed...just wondering if the new PDX store will relieve the congestion in Washington Square or Bridgeport Mall. Both are at capacity IMHO.
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Sheez! Is everyone fat of all of sudden?

 

Looks like a nice store. :)

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Portland store will be magnifico.
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Statistically nothing could be further from the truth. 1hmm.gif

WTF.

Did that poster drink Drano, smoke crank and have an alcohol enema all at once while experiencing a stroke?

This is why I block so many people on this website. All the shills have left is fantasies filled with gnomes riding rainbow powered robot unicorns while discussing their elaborate plans to customize their phones for hours on end.
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I walked past the new Microsoft store in Portland last Thursday. Half a dozen customers, tops. A few minutes later, at the small Apple store in Pioneer Place; PACKED. And this was despite a broken down-escalator making it hard to GET to the Apple store. :-)
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We have had newspaper articles about an Apple Store coming to Sarasota, Florida for several years now. I wish they'd hurry up!
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Is everyone fat of all of sudden?

 

 

There are old people in the picture as well, how unsightly. Only young, attractive people should be allowed to shop at Apple stores.

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Microsoft had a huge opening of their new store here in Indiana this last Saturday. Gave away concert tickets, had a Kelly Clarkson concert, etc etc. Nice big store. I was walking by it today, 2 days after its grand opening. There were 9-10 workers there, and 6 customers. Meanwhile, the Apple store in the mall, had at least 100 people in there. Whats wrong with this picture? (or right)
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Excellent choice of spot in PDX; Pioneer Square is usually pretty packed with people (esp. during rush hours), and is a beautiful area. There's also no ugly-assed fountains or newspaper critics with pencils stuff up their backsides to contend with, either. Kind of why I like living in PDX Metro. 1smile.gif

I always wondered why they chose to put their big(ger) store in Washington Square Mall though, way out in Tigard, and put in such a tiny store downtown... a bigger store downtown would've made more sense, methinks. (edit - I think I know why... may have to do with The Mac Store)

@philboogie: Yep - MSFT had hired Weezer to help them open their store out here; the place is a ghost town now. Considering that Portland is a *huge* incubator for all things non-Windows (The Linux Foundation is in nearby Beaverton, for example), I'm not really surprised.

Apple tried (in 2006) to build a new store in Northwest Portland, but got shot down by a design review committee. Apple abandoned the effort rather than change it. I'm glad it didn't happen - the Pioneer Place site and design will be so much better. Here's a little history:

 

Portland Design Commission approves new Pioneer Place Apple Store plan

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Microsoft had a huge opening of their new store here in Indiana this last Saturday. Gave away concert tickets, had a Kelly Clarkson concert, etc etc. Nice big store. I was walking by it today, 2 days after its grand opening. There were 9-10 workers there, and 6 customers. Meanwhile, the Apple store in the mall, had at least 100 people in there. Whats wrong with this picture? (or right)

1.5 MS employees for every MS store visitor? I guess MS needs to do all the convincing they can, whereas Apple products sell themselves. Apple Store employees are simply there for you to swipe your CC so you don't need to walk over to a cash register, amongst other things.
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We have had newspaper articles about an Apple Store coming to Sarasota, Florida for several years now. I wish they'd hurry up!


We actually have an Apple Specialist store in Sarasota called Computer Advantage that has been here for 22 years, local-family owned and everything! They are  fully authorized and sell a full line of Apple products, offer personal training, and have a full service center for repairs in and out of warranty. Look 'em up, super nice people there and well knowledgeable.

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We have had newspaper articles about an Apple Store coming to Sarasota, Florida for several years now. I wish they'd hurry up!


We actually have an Apple Specialist store in Sarasota called Computer Advantage that has been here for 22 years, local-family owned and everything! They are  fully authorized and sell a full line of Apple products, offer personal training, and have a full service center for repairs in and out of warranty. Look 'em up, super nice people there and well knowledgeable.

For their sake, I sincerely hope Apple won't open a Store there. Because every time they do, APR's have to either move or close shop altogether.
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For their sake, I sincerely hope Apple won't open a Store there. Because every time they do, APR's have to either move or close shop altogether.


yeah me too, it's nicer to be able to buy the big company's products but support the small business a bit too.

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yeah me too, it's nicer to be able to buy the big company's products but support the small business a bit too.

 

Originally Posted by Penguinisto View Post

I always wondered why they chose to put their big(ger) store in Washington Square Mall though, way out in Tigard, and put in such a tiny store downtown... a bigger store downtown would've made more sense, methinks. (edit - I think I know why... may have to do with The Mac Store)

 

I do believe that's why the bigger (and first) PDX store went to Washington Square mall instead of downtown: The Mac Store has been in business since the Apple II days and is just across the river from downtown. They're an independent Apple retailer (though formerly doing business as "THE Computer Store") and recently opened (and will soon expand) their third PDX-area location in another mall southeast of town. The same reasoning might also have something to do with Apple not invading Small Dog Electronic's "territory" in VT/NH.

 

As we know Apple also locates based on demographics and the per-capita income picture fit their criteria for customers of Washington Square as its first PDX location, so much so that Bridgeport Village became the third area Apple store just a few miles away. 


Edited by Motoman2WH3 - 7/3/13 at 2:19am
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