Samsung shutters flagship retail 'Experience Store' in London

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  • Reply 21 of 76
    chiachia Posts: 696member

    This article is poorly researched:

    there is a "fourth" Apple Store in the same Westfield shopping centre

    as the shuttered Samsung Store.

     

    Yes, the fourth Apple Store out of the three the article's author says there are in London.

    Should also add to the list the Kingston, Bromley and Brent Cross stores which are within the Greater London area and maybe even the Reading, Watford and Lakeside stores which lie just outside the Greater London borders.

     

    So seven stores within the London area.

     

    Mention of the Apple store within the same mall would have made the difference between the two companies even more stark.

    Consider titles such as "Apple's Store succeeds where Samsung's fails"

    or even

    "Apple's Store ship sails where Samsung's flagship store sinks".

  • Reply 22 of 76
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,571member

    What a horrible shame.:err:

  • Reply 23 of 76
    paul94544 wrote: »
    I don't understand how the stratfield area could be considered prime location, its not central London. Oxford street and Piccadilly circus is more what I would call flagship area! We can always Mr B Frosty who lives in London what he thinks

    Westfield is a huge shopping centre (you guys would call it a mall but it is truly massive) which is why it is flagship. Oxford St and Picadilly are prime but London is a massive sprawl, really a collection of many prime shopping locations. What a joke Sammy is, can't even copy let alone innovate.
  • Reply 24 of 76
    mpantonempantone Posts: 1,374member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by roninja View Post



    The article mentions 3 Apple stores in London - there are six - all doing fabulously well unlike Samsung - that's my point!!!!



    Well, maybe next time you can compose a legible sentence.

     

    Merry Christmas!

     

    <img class=" src="http://forums-files.appleinsider.com/images/smilies//lol.gif" />

  • Reply 25 of 76

    Samsung's store about its "experience" closes its doors.

    10/10; would "experience" again.

  • Reply 26 of 76
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member
    Samsung's store was very shiny but it charged full retail. No-one bought from there because several stores in the same mall offered the same products for a lot cheaper.
  • Reply 27 of 76
    where will those samsung smart guys go?
  • Reply 28 of 76

    they closed on christmas eve so no one can return the shitty samescum products the day after xmas. 

  • Reply 29 of 76

    While in London an iPhone user asked Siri for a Samsung store location to which Siri replied.

     

    "I have found 10 Samsung Experience stores, 4 of which are very clos...,

    I have found 9 Samsung Experience stores, 4 of which are very clos...,

    I have found 8 Samsung Experience stores, 3 of which are very clos...,

    I have found 7 Samsung Experience stores, 3 of which are very clos...,

    I have found 6 Samsung Experience stores, 2 of which are very clos...,"

     

    Poor Siri, she's got her work cut out for her!

  • Reply 30 of 76

    Users could stay in the store while it closes up permanently in order to get the full and most realistic SamsungExperienZ®

  • Reply 31 of 76

    There can be only one Apple. Go back to making dishwashers where you belong.

  • Reply 32 of 76
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member
    paul94544 wrote: »
    I don't understand how the stratfield area could be considered prime location, its not central London. Oxford street and Piccadilly circus is more what I would call flagship area! We can always ask Mr B Frosty who lives in London what he thinks

    Samsung chose Stratford because the mall is right next to the Olympic park. Samsung have been a major sponsor of the Olympics since the Seoul games. The Olympics are over but the mall is still a very busy location as it has great public transport infrastructure. Location isn't Samsung's problem here.

    Oh, and I very much doubt that "Mr B Frosty" lives in London. No-one with his political views would live here. They'd find it to be hell on Earth.
  • Reply 33 of 76
    hill60hill60 Posts: 6,989member

    I hope the Sydney store stays open long enough for me to drag a refrigerator in there.

  • Reply 34 of 76
    paul94544 wrote: »
    I don't understand how the stratfield area could be considered prime location, its not central London. Oxford street and Piccadilly circus is more what I would call flagship area! We can always Mr B Frosty who lives in London what he thinks

    Westfield is a huge shopping centre (you guys would call it a mall but it is truly massive) which is why it is flagship. Oxford St and Picadilly are prime but London is a massive sprawl, really a collection of many prime shopping locations. What a joke Sammy is, can't even copy let alone innovate.

    Indeed.

    However, there are only two central locations: Regent Street and Covent Garden. All the others are several miles outside in the suburbs.

    As such, there are only two with prime locations, though the others are all in busy shopping locations. The Regent Street branch is about a hundred yards from Oxford Circus and I think used to be Apple's busiest store in the world. Probably overtaken by a Chinese one now. Covent Garden is also a prime tourist spot with extremely high footfall. Most tourists will visit the two central branches only.

    They're both worth visiting. Apple have converted two fine, historic buildings, and there are many interesting details, both in terms of the old fabric and the new elements. Inside tip: take the lift at Covent Garden and look up.
  • Reply 35 of 76
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,452member

    All part of the experience!

  • Reply 36 of 76
    There's a fourth in Stratford City.
  • Reply 37 of 76

    A wonderful example of a Potemkin Village.

     

    The others can not be far behind.

    They must be hemorrhaging  money by this stage!

  • Reply 38 of 76
    boredumb wrote: »
    It actually isn't that much of a retail rarity...

    One factor has to do with lease renewal times, and lease terms,
    since the same time of year also sees a lot of leases initiated,
    and some leases require minimum payment not necessarily tied to sales.

    Then there are tax and write-off reasons as well.  

    But you're right, whatever the specifics, the general message is 'epic fail'.

    All I want for Christmas is for Apple to open a store in this exact space. I will fly to London for the grand opening if this happens.
  • Reply 39 of 76
    That's a shame. During the busy Christmas shopping season that was a place people could go for some peace and quiet to be alone.
  • Reply 40 of 76
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ChiA View Post

     

    Mention of the Apple store within the same mall would have made the difference between the two companies even more stark.

    Consider titles such as "Apple's Store succeeds where Samsung's fails"

    or even

    "Apple's Store ship sails where Samsung's flagship store sinks".


     

    Oh, c'mon folks. Is there no creativity left ??

     

    "Apple sails, Samsung flails"

     

    There. Done.

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