Apple's first Taiwan retail store opening draws overnight crowds

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in General Discussion edited July 2017
As scheduled, Apple on Saturday local Taiwan time opened the doors to Apple Taipei 101, the company's latest retail outlet and first location in Taiwan.




Much like the recent Orchard Road Apple store opening in Singapore, customers formed a queue outside of Taipei's tallest skyscraper overnight for a chance to experience the grand opening festivities. Apple published photos of the gathered crowd to its website shortly after the outlet opened for business on Saturday. The company said thousands of people were in attendance.

Like other recently opened Apple outlets, Apple Taipei 101 features the company's next-generation design philosophy. Images of the store's interior, shared by Apple earlier this week, revealed a high-flung lighted ceiling canopying a large salesroom floor outfitted with custom-built wooden display furniture.




The new design language also accommodates a central gathering area with special wooden seats positioned in front of a gigantic television. Dubbed the Forum, the space serves as a meeting place for "Today at Apple" sessions covering a range of topics including art, video and photography, app coding, music production and more. Special events like performances by local musicians and artist demonstrations are also hosted at the Forum.




Apple often invites local artists to showcase their work -- sometimes created using iPhone or iPad -- at or prior to store openings. In Asia, and especially China, the company turns protective construction barriers into art installations. For Taipei 101, Apple invited local paper cutting artist Yang Shiyi to create a large mural that covered the store's glass windows. The piece depicted a forest full of woodland creatures, some of which with Apple products in hand, in a wistful scene meant to invite customers in to the store.

Apple initially confirmed plans for its Taiwan store last July, with subsequent reports noting the outlet boasts 14,300 square-feet of floor space dedicated to sales, the Forum, a Genius Bar, accessories "Avenue," and space for in-store workshops.

Following Saturday's grand opening, Apple Taipei 101 will hold normal operating hours from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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  • Reply 1 of 13
    uraharaurahara Posts: 240member
  • Reply 2 of 13
    red oakred oak Posts: 668member
    Apple Retail has been quietly firing on all cylinders.  Lot of well designed stores in great locations have opened in the last 12-24 mo

    Store count in China is now above 40 (I believe) -  a huge accomplishment.  These are big, bold, beautiful stores where Apple is investing significantly to mesh with the local culture.  Would not be surprised if China alone could support 100 stores within the next 10 yrs
    lostkiwiSolilkruppradarthekatracerhomie3
  • Reply 3 of 13
    Nice crowd. Been to Taipei 101. Great spot,
    SpamSandwichlostkiwi
  • Reply 4 of 13
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,185member
    urahara said:
    Very nice. "Cut paper" doesn't even begin to describe it.
  • Reply 5 of 13
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,185member
    red oak said:
    Apple Retail has been quietly firing on all cylinders.  Lot of well designed stores in great locations have opened in the last 12-24 mo

    Store count in China is now above 40 (I believe) -  a huge accomplishment.  These are big, bold, beautiful stores where Apple is investing significantly to mesh with the local culture.  Would not be surprised if China alone could support 100 stores within the next 10 yrs
    Many Chinese cities could each easily support 100 Apple stores. You thought they did everything big in Texas? In China, multiply by 1,000.
    lostkiwiradarthekattokyojimu
  • Reply 6 of 13
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,896member
    This is just like every Microsoft store I walk by haha! And those Samsung sections in BestBuy are just like this too!
    macgui
  • Reply 7 of 13
    boredumbboredumb Posts: 1,415member
    macxpress said:
    This is just like every Microsoft store I walk by haha! And those Samsung sections in BestBuy are just like this too!
    Except for all the crowding, you mean??? :p
    jbdragonRayz2016
  • Reply 8 of 13
    tzeshantzeshan Posts: 1,980member
    This is a very important milestone. Taiwan used to be the main supplier to Windows PC. As a result Taiwan was very anti-Apple. The iPhone changed a lot. Today Taiwan still has many strongly anti-Apple people. The use of Macs is still like non-existent, But there is a significant crowd using iPhone. 
    lostkiwiradarthekat
  • Reply 9 of 13
    baconstangbaconstang Posts: 547member
    "As scheduled, Apple on Saturday local Taiwan time opened the doors to Apple Taipei 101..."
    Huh?   Are they sure it was local Taiwan time?   Whatever that's supposed to mean.
  • Reply 10 of 13
    mindwavesmindwaves Posts: 85member
    I was there on opening day. See Appleinsider's other post for my pics of the event.
    radarthekat
  • Reply 11 of 13
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,154member
    macxpress said:
    This is just like every Microsoft store I walk by haha! And those Samsung sections in BestBuy are just like this too!
    Except without the people or customers.
  • Reply 12 of 13
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,652member
    Funny... the Samsung and Microsoft apologists would make people think demand for their crap to be entirely different.

    Reality check:  Samsung and Microsoft would KILL to have this kind of customer loyalty and fan base.  
  • Reply 13 of 13
    macguimacgui Posts: 1,303member
    boredumb said:
    Except for all the crowding, you mean??? :p
    I guess Macx needed a flashing /s tag as 'haha!' wasn't clue enough.
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