A brief look inside Apple's upcoming Paris retail store

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
One of Apple's most important, upcoming foreign retail stores has been given an early glimpse months ahead of its completion. We take an early look through photos.



A tipster has provided AppleInsider with the gallery, which shows the current state of the upcoming Carrousel du Louvre store near Paris' historic museum.



At this stage, the 7,700 square foot location is unsurprisingly bare; the property was only vacated by its old tenant in mid-December. Still, it provides early clues as to the layout of the store, which will become a flagship for France. The second floor only occupies some of the space's surface area and creates an open environment for those on the main floor. The Carrousel shop is also noteworthy for its non-rectangular layout.



Apple isn't likely to open the store until the fall, but it stands ready to become one of the California company's most successful stores outside of the US. In addition to the upscale location, its presence near the Louvre gallery puts it within reach of 8 million tourists per year as well as Paris residents.















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  • Reply 1 of 29
    bigmikebigmike Posts: 247member
    close to the Louvre. money, money, money.
  • Reply 2 of 29
    Well, nice scoop, but there's only so much we can learn from pictures of an undecorated shop unit.
  • Reply 3 of 29
    columbuscolumbus Posts: 281member
    Could they not get a Champs Elysee property?
  • Reply 4 of 29
    dear editor,



    with all due respect, you can't give a glimpse to something that doesn't have eyes. :-) so, the store wasn't given a glimpse; we were given a glimpse of the store.
  • Reply 5 of 29
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    Originally Posted by columbus View Post


    Could they not get a Champs Elysee property?



    I live in Paris and it is so much expensive. They really pick a nice place !
  • Reply 6 of 29
    wilcowilco Posts: 985member
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    Originally Posted by nine days View Post


    I live in Paris and it is so much expensive. They really pick a nice place !



    Why do French people smell like cheese?
  • Reply 7 of 29
    801801 Posts: 271member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nine days View Post


    I live in Paris and it is so much expensive. They really pick a nice place !



    Well, Nine Days, you are now the unofficial AI Louvre Correspondent. We all expect an opening day T shirt from you. I"ll take an XL.
  • Reply 8 of 29
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    Originally Posted by wilco View Post


    Why do French people smell like cheese?



    You're pretty pathetic, wilco.



    People like you help bring shame upon Americans.
  • Reply 9 of 29
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    Originally Posted by wilco View Post


    Why do French people smell like cheese?



    This is because we love Cheese, we don't take showers, don't use perfume and don't brush our teeth.... The worst a cheese smells, the better it is. Anyway, it's always better than being stupid, right ? ah, all those wrong ideas, why don't you say jews are all rich, blacks are less clever, arabs are educationless... But none of us smells like hamburger !!!!!
  • Reply 10 of 29
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    I'm surprised Paris hasn't gotten a store yet, this is a great location. Wikipedia state that 4 stores are planned for France. I figure they will use the French AZERTY keyboard layout but Apple's French site only has pictures of the standard QWERTY keyboard.



    I miss France. Spent a good deal of time in the North, mostly toward the Low Countries. Learned enough French, specifically Picard and Walloon to get by. Can't say I recall any of it now. Funny how you forget things you don't use.
  • Reply 11 of 29
    Why do moderators who chafe at the insulting nature of some AI posts not sanction an embarrassment like wilco?
  • Reply 12 of 29
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post


    Why do moderators who chafe at the insulting nature of some AI posts not sanction an embarrassment like wilco?



    His posts are so weak and feeble that his insult is easily overlooked. It's others like Teckturd, Jfanning and ItalianKid who are constantly wrong and askew of any rational thought that they through the thread off when you try to correct their ignorance.
  • Reply 13 of 29
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,069member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Daniel001 View Post


    Well, nice scoop, but there's only so much we can learn from pictures of an undecorated shop unit.



    Hm, I am sure you can imagine a glass staircase and elevator and some cheap IKEA furniture. Everything else is there
  • Reply 14 of 29
    bobertoqbobertoq Posts: 172member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mastrouz View Post


    This is because we love Cheese, we don't take showers, don't use perfume and don't brush our teeth.... The worst a cheese smells, the better it is. Anyway, it's always better than being stupid, right ? ah, all those wrong ideas, why don't you say jews are all rich, blacks are less clever, arabs are educationless... But none of us smells like hamburger !!!!!



    What? Socialists never make sense...



    Anyway, it's looking nice so far... I guess. It looks huge, though, compared to the one where I live. The one over here is tiiiiiny.
  • Reply 15 of 29
    sipadansipadan Posts: 107member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by columbus View Post


    Could they not get a Champs Elysee property?



    I see 2 reasons for this:



    - Available retail space on the Champs are extremely hard to come by, either to lease or plain buy. There's about 1 vacant lot per year, but mostly small floor surface. In all practically not enough for an Apple Store I'd say.

    So apart from buying out one of the multiplexes or the premium retail spots like Mercedes it ain't happening.



    - From a retail potential the Carousel location seems quite better, Parisians do not shop on the Champs (well Parisians with any sense anyway) whereas that mall is swamped at any hour. Add to that it's already showcasing luxury brands stores and Apple logo there will fit right in.

    As for any tourist buying a Mac while visiting the Louvre, I don't know about that one... maybe Ipods I guess.



    Oh and also: About freaking time!!
  • Reply 16 of 29
    sipadansipadan Posts: 107member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    . I figure they will use the French AZERTY keyboard layout but Apple's French site only has pictures of the standard QWERTY keyboard.



    You can get either keyboard layouts when ordering through Apple's resellers (Fnac and others) or the Apple store site.



    >> And thank god for that (Or Jobs)
  • Reply 17 of 29
    nvidia2008nvidia2008 Posts: 9,262member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bigmike View Post


    close to the Louvre. money, money, money.



    Is it just me? I suddenly thought of the Da Vinci Code. But instead, the grisly murder is at the Apple Retail Store Paris.



    The Code of Jobs. In theaters summer 2010.

    (Yet another) Robert Langdon mystery...



    (Not that I wish any real murders to happen at any Apple Retail Stores)
  • Reply 18 of 29
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,069member
    That is great news indeed. Perfect location and a very nice mall. We go shopping in Paris at least once a month anyhow. German shops suck and the Apple Store in Munich is almost the same distance, so this will be a great alternative until they open up something in Frankfurt someday. An Apple Store and the most beautiful city in the world == sheer happiness!
  • Reply 19 of 29
    I like how the unfinished store kinda looks like it was gutted by a fire.
  • Reply 20 of 29
    iqatedoiqatedo Posts: 1,593member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nvidia2008 View Post


    Is it just me? I suddenly thought of the Da Vinci Code...



    I thought that too - sad.



    mastrouz and nine days, is this store going to be in the retail complex under the forecourt of the Louvre?



    All the best - tout le meilleur.
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