Apple Store nuttiness...
Just saw on maccentral.com 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.
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.