Apple unwraps second retail store in China with cylindrical glass entrance

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in General Discussion edited January 2015
In the midst of a major retail expansion across China, Apple continues to make progress on its latest flagship outlet in the southwestern metropolis of Chongqing, recently breaking down the scaffolding surrounding the new store's dramatic cylindrical entrance.




The all-glass cylinder appears to stand some 30 feet high, according to photos published by ifoAppleStore, and will likely hold a staircase and elevator for the seemingly expansive underground location. A similar entrance --?said to be conceived by late Apple chief Steve Jobs --?sits atop the company's Pudong store in Shanghai.

The new outlet in Chongqing's Guotai Plaza will be the company's fourth shot at combining a cavernous underground space with an above-ground landmark, joining stores in New York, Shanghai, and Istanbul. Of those, only the Istanbul location does not feature a functional entrance in the above-ground portion.




Apple has previously earned a patent on the glass cylinder design, suggesting that it is among the company's most treasured trademarks. Jobs is among the inventors listed on the patent.

The opening date of the new Chongqing store is still unknown, but it will be quickly followed by a third outlet in the city that is currently under construction at the competing MixC shopping center. Apple is planning to triple its retail presence in China, an increasingly important market, under new retail czar Angela Ahrendts.
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  • Reply 1 of 24
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,690member
    Interesting that I get a 404 for the article itself, but it appears here just fine.
  • Reply 2 of 24
    smiffy31smiffy31 Posts: 177member

    In Istanbul, not a functional entrance but an incredible glass structure

  • Reply 3 of 24
    Apple has previously <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/10/01/apple-successfully-patents-shanghai-apple-stores-glass-cylinder-entryway">earned a patent</a> on the glass cylinder design, suggesting that it is among the company's most treasured trademarks. Jobs is among the inventors listed on the patent.

    Meanwhile Samsung can't draw enough interest in their flagship stores to keep them open.

    I do have to admit that the public's interest and patronage of Apple's stores exceeds my understanding... it's just phenomenal!
  • Reply 4 of 24
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     I do have to admit that the public's interest and patronage of Apple's stores exceeds my understanding... it's just phenomenal!


     

    The phrase "Get Those Wonderful Toys" springs to mind

  • Reply 5 of 24
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    The phrase "Get Those Wonderful Toys" springs to mind




    Far more significant than mere toys. People around the world recognize Apple products' life-enhancing value, despite their purported "high price" which most of them are ready and willing to pay.

     

    By holding his team's values and coordinated actions to the company's standards, Mr. Cook is leading the Apple juggernaut to ever higher accomplishments.

     

    The insane feel threatened. The sane will view this as inspiration for their own enterprises.

  • Reply 6 of 24

    The original quote is not about Toys either, but very expensive gadgets !

  • Reply 7 of 24
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    If Apple has a special event for ?Watch this spring I hope Angela Ahrendts is one of the speakers. I really enjoyed her TED talk from a few years ago and I'd love to get more vision around how they plan to market/sell ?Watch. Unfortunately with Phil Schiller these days it's just reading specs off a slide. I don't get much passion.
  • Reply 8 of 24
    2nd store??? for such a huge market there and considering the amount of cash apple has this is again embarrassing
  • Reply 9 of 24
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,692member
    gimarbazat wrote: »
    2nd store??? for such a huge market there and considering the amount of cash apple has this is again embarrassing

    2nd store with a cylindrical entrance. Although they only have a handful of stores in China.
    They are expanding.
    If all it took was money, they would have a lot more. But you have locations, regulations, politics, permits, etc.
  • Reply 10 of 24
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    2nd store with a cylindrical entrance. Although they only have a handful of stores in China.

    They are expanding.

    If all it took was money, they would have a lot more. But you have locations, regulations, politics, permits, etc.

     

    well yes in China regulations, permits etc can be easily overcome with money..
  • Reply 11 of 24
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    2nd store??? for such a huge market there and considering the amount of cash apple has this is again embarrassing



    2nd store IN THAT CITY. If you look at apple.com/retail and click on "All Stores", there are currently 13 stores in China.

  • Reply 13 of 24
    gimarbazat wrote: »
    2nd store??? for such a huge market there and considering the amount of cash apple has this is again embarrassing

    Who is embarrassed? Apple? Or are you embarrassed for them?
  • Reply 14 of 24
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    Who is embarrassed? Apple? Or are you embarrassed for them?

     

    why don't you go and watch your aapl sucking?
  • Reply 15 of 24
    nobodyynobodyy Posts: 377member
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    Originally Posted by gimarbazat View Post

     
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jungmark View Post







    2nd store with a cylindrical entrance. Although they only have a handful of stores in China.



    They are expanding.



    If all it took was money, they would have a lot more. But you have locations, regulations, politics, permits, etc.

     




    well yes in China regulations, permits etc can be easily overcome with money..



    Are you implying that Apple should bribe local governments? 

  • Reply 16 of 24
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    Are you implying that Apple should bribe local governments? 

     

    well they probably do it here with the US gov so I assume it will be easier in china
  • Reply 17 of 24
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,692member
    gimarbazat wrote: »
    <div class="quote-container" data-huddler-embed="/t/184197/apple-unwraps-second-retail-store-in-china-with-cylindrical-glass-entrance#post_2658552" data-huddler-embed-placeholder="false"><span>Quote:</span><div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Nobodyy</strong> <a href="/t/184197/apple-unwraps-second-retail-store-in-china-with-cylindrical-glass-entrance#post_2658552"><img src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" class="inlineimg" alt="View Post"/></a><br/><br/><p><br>Are you implying that Apple should bribe local governments? </p></div></div><p> </p>

    well they probably do it here with the US gov so I assume it will be easier in china

    There's no bribery here.
  • Reply 18 of 24
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    Originally Posted by gimarbazat View Post

    well they probably do it here with the US gov...

     

    [citation needed]

  • Reply 19 of 24
    30 feet high?

    Try 30 metres.
  • Reply 20 of 24
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,692member
    30 feet high?

    Try 30 metres.
    90+ feet high? I don't think so.
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