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This may be a nit, but...
The article states "The Apple Store, Apple's first foray into its own retail stores, opened its first two locations on May 19, 2001, in Glendale, Calif. and then in Tysons Corner, Virginia." That wording implies that the Glendale, California store opened first. While both stores did open May 19, 2001 (at the same local time), the Tysons Corner, VA store actually opened three hours earlier, as Virginia is three time zones ahead of California. Although interestingly, the Glendale, CA store is considered Apple Store number 1 and Tysons Corner is considered Apple Store number 2. (BTW, I was standing in the line for the Tysons Corner Apple Store opening.)
Others above have commented about the success of the Apple store versus other computer stores...
Admittedly, this is anecdotal, but two years ago on a random Saturday I happened to be walking through the Mall of America which has an Apple Store and at that time also had a Microsoft Store located across the hallway. When I got up to the two stores I snapped a picture of each store. These were taken mere seconds apart. Compare the number of people in each store.
The Apple Store (notice the reflection of the Microsoft logo in the window):
The Microsoft Store:
If you wonder why the Eastern District of Texas is so popular for patent trolls, this is well worth viewing. Incredible!
Not surprisingly, Apple will be closing its two retail stores that reside in the Eastern District of Texas (Willow Bend in Plano, TX and Stonebriar in Frisco, TX) and opening one in Dallas (just outside of the E.D.T.).
Fallenjt:I'd don't think the problem is that judges in the Eastern District of Texas are clueless. One could argue it's much worse than being clueless. Just watch the video below. The whole thing is worth watching, but particularly starting at about 4:30, you'll see what's going on there and what is a big part of the reason why so many "patent trolls" file suit there.