Apple Store nuttiness...

in General Discussion edited January 2014

Just saw on a while ago that Apple is opening a new retail store in Old Pasadena next week (during MWSF).

For those of you unfamiliar with SoCal and the layout of its cities, let me fill you in on Pasadena: it's DIRECTLY (check out a map) east of (literally, the next town over) of Glendale, where an Apple Store already exists at the Galleria.

These two stores won't be 10 miles apart! MAYBE 15, but that's stretching it. They're practically sitting on top of each other.

Same thing with Orange County. You've got one at South Coast Plaza and then, about 8 miles away (if that) in Newport Beach, sits another, at an even swankier mall.

Just odd.

I KNOW California is a big place and I would expect there to be at least 10 or so Apple Stores there. But hell, 5 (now 6?) of them are within a 1 hour drive from each other!

I could see if Apple has blanketed every other major city with an Apple Store, and now they're just going back to "fill in the cracks".

But I'm amazed at some of the other cities (major ones, and completely deserving of) that still - after almost two years - DON'T have an Apple Store. Not only in their city, but I'm talking not even in the state or even a neighboring state.

Seattle? Anywhere in Oregon? Pretty much the entire Pacific Northwest. I know that's "Microsoft Country", but so what? Did Gates threaten them if they put one in Seattle?


There isn't one in New Orleans. Not one in Oklahoma City. Not one in either state of Utah or New Mexico. Yet, there are TWO in the Phoenix area.

And Nashville? I've lived there and that city is hopping - as you might expect - with a music and art community and a HUGE Mac-using population. It's the capitol of Tennessee and I would've put one there WAY before Memphis (plus, it's more centrally located, so all the people from Knoxville, Chattanooga and outlying parts of Tennessee would have an easier shot.

They put one in Atlanta which actually makes sense, but skipping Nashville just blows my mind. I don't know what Memphis has over it...

Looking at that little gray map at the retail section of Apple's site is interesting. I can see why there aren't big clusters in the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, etc.

But I still don't know why they'll put 4 or 5 in one particular area and seem to ignore the cities/regions I talk about above.

I swear, if they open ANOTHER store in Southern California before they do Nashville, I'm seriously going to question their mental state.



  • Reply 1 of 42
    Isn't Pasadena a really rich area?
  • Reply 2 of 42
    pscatespscates Posts: 5,847member
    Parts of it. There are some really lower/middle-income areas of it as well.

    Just like any city.

    I wouldn't put Pasadena on the level of a Newport Beach. You don't, normally, go "Pasadena...SWANKY!".

    It's a nice little town with a neat "old town" quarter, a community college, some old neighborhoods, a wide ethnic variety (white, Latino, black and Asian sections and businesses), some really wealthy neighborhoods and houses and upscale businesses and, on the flip-side, some more rundown, poorer neighborhoods and commercial areas.
  • Reply 3 of 42
    O how I wish they would put one in New Orleans. O how I wish.
  • Reply 4 of 42
    pscates: Did you ever watch "Pasadena" on Fox, it's not on now? <a href=""; target="_blank">Pasadena on Fox</a>

    I wish they would put an Apple store here in Rochester, so I don't have to go Buffalo to find one.
  • Reply 5 of 42
    as long as Apple doesn't open an Apple Store in my feifdom I am happy
  • Reply 6 of 42
    spartspart Posts: 2,060member
    I really wish they would put one in KC...

    Even better, Des Moines. Though that's unlikely, that place has what, 250k or less?
  • Reply 7 of 42
    bungebunge Posts: 7,329member
    I remember somewhat recently reading about how Apple Stores covered about (I'm guessing) 75% of the population within an hour of their stores. Not bad. I'd guess that the stores are going to open based on traffic & population patterns.
  • Reply 8 of 42
    I too am kinda confused regarding the Apple Store in Old Town. The Glendale Galleria store is about 10 miles west. Plus, there are also two AAR's about a mile and a half east of the Apple Store in Old Town, Unitek and Di-No. Why they decided on Old Town? Well, for starters, heavy-ass foot traffic. That place is jammed packed on the weekends and pretty lively during the week as well with all the shops and restaurants.

    As far as Pasadena being wealthy, most of that is south of the 210 fwy which runs west-east. South Pasadena (where I live) and San Marino are very nice and are quite affluent as well. All the shitty 'hoods of Pasadena and Altadena are north of the freeway. It's too bad too, cuz Pasadena could be a really nice city if it weren't for the degenerates that destroyed the old homes and ransacked the streets with old couches and the like.

    BTW, scates, you can't compare a beach city with a non-beach city. There is no comparison. Be nice to my little 'hood.
  • Reply 9 of 42
    [quote]Originally posted by Mac Man 020581:

    <strong>I wish they would put an Apple store here in Rochester, so I don't have to go Buffalo to find one.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Me too. :/
  • Reply 10 of 42
    dfilerdfiler Posts: 3,420member
    I feel ya.

    There's no Apple store anywhere close to Pittsburgh. I don't even recall seeing an Apple authorized reseller in a pedestrian area. Nor have I ever seen a sign for one while driving.

    <img src="graemlins/embarrassed.gif" border="0" alt="[Embarrassed]" />

    (There's around 2.5 million people in the pittsburgh metropolitan area.)
  • Reply 11 of 42
    I know we keep hearing about all the traffic that these stores produce, but has there been anything stating how much money these stores are brining in?
  • Reply 12 of 42
    [quote]Originally posted by Stagflation Steve:

    <strong>as long as Apple doesn't open an Apple Store in my feifdom I am happy</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Do you own, or use a Mac at all?

    Just wondering because you seem to be so anti-Mac in most of your posts.
  • Reply 13 of 42
    I run an Apple Specialist, so yeah, there is a pretty good chance I own a Mac
  • Reply 14 of 42
    ryukyuryukyu Posts: 450member
    [quote]Originally posted by Stagflation Steve:

    <strong>I run an Apple Specialist, so yeah, there is a pretty good chance I own a Mac</strong><hr></blockquote>

    Oh. Sorry, I wasn't aware of that.

    That explains your reasoning for not wanting an Apple Store in your area.
  • Reply 15 of 42
    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    [quote]Originally posted by ryukyu:

    <strong>Do you own, or use a Mac at all?

    Just wondering because you seem to be so anti-Mac in most of your posts.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    The most anti-Apple posters are those with the most emotional investment in their products.
  • Reply 16 of 42
    emaneman Posts: 7,204member
    I was thinking about that too when I saw that the new one was opening.

    It's also like that around here. Palisades and Tice's Corner are about 20 minutes apart, not far at all, and Westchester's near by too. Doesn't make much sense.
  • Reply 17 of 42
    And there is only one Apple Store in upstate New York. <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[No]" />
  • Reply 18 of 42
    keshkesh Posts: 621member
    Trust me, after working at an Apple Specialist dealer for a while, you understand just how much Apple would like to close all Specialist dealers. They really, really screw over the self-owned stores...
  • Reply 19 of 42
    eugeneeugene Posts: 8,254member
    There is plenty of room for more Apple Stores in the area. The Santa Clara store is 15 minutes away from the Palo Alto store at most, but both are doing just fine. The Burlingame store will be about 15 minutes away from the Palo Alto store, and that in turn would be 15 minutes away from a downtown San Francisco store.

    Old Pasadena is perfect. It's cookie-cutter Banana Republic, Cheesecake Factory, Crate & Barrel goodness. It's 5 minutes from CalTech and The Art Center. The location is perfect.
  • Reply 20 of 42
    And how exactly do Apple Specialists 'screw over' the self owned stores?

    Apple specialists as a group are responcible for more Apple revenue than any other channel, the only people getting screwed are us by Apple
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