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How does a store opening become headline news? Did Apple pay for this story?
There is no mention of parking in this article so I assume Apple is allowed to build this huge store with no extra parking as part of the deal. How was this approved? Absolutely criminal!!
?? I don't think this new "huge store" occupies any more acreage than what was there before, or exceeds any height limit, or required any zoning change.
"How does a store opening become headline news? Did Apple pay for this story?"
You've got to be kidding. A lot of us have been waiting months for this store to open so this is news of the highest order that I had heard nothing about previously. Thanks much to the PA Weekly for providing this information. It changes my plans for this weekend.
As for the parking, didn't PA recently build 3 new parking structures in the downtown area? This grand opening may push them to capacity but once the excitement dies down I expect that the new store to generate about the same business as the old one and parking has not been an issue previously. Why the negativity? Seems like just an excuse to rant rather than celebrate this huge addition to the downtown scene.
To "resident" of Downtown North: It concerns interested people, that's why the story is there! And people who went to the store's previous location will go there and wonder what happened to the store!! Somehow they must be notified that the store MOVED! Certainly I myself would want to know!!! You personally don't have to care!
To "Concerned resident": No, they did not build a new structure!! The building was there before, just updated! You would know this if you read Palo Alto Online every day.
The prdecessor of the new Apple Store became too small for the crowds that filled it years ago, and it really impacted service. the new one is long overdue and very welcome.
Even though I myself don't care for Apple one bit, I want to confirm that the store has been 'built' in the previous Z-Gallery, so nothing really changed in terms of parking, etc.
The store is full of kids checking their facebook accounts and using free internet. No thanks.
Welcome to the 21st century antiquated Palo Alto residents. Yes, a new store is news, especially one that brings as much money to Palo Alto as Apple does. Absolutely criminal? Really? Absolutely ridiculous is my comment to that. The Apple store moved into a large space that had been vacant since ZGallerie left town. I'm thankful they upgraded and beautified that area. I'm also thankful that they're filled with "kids" (I'm over 40 and LOVE the Apple store)using the internet and living in 2012. Move along folks, change is, in this case, a good thing.
I agree completely. The energy & enthusiasm I experience in the Palo Alto Apple store is invigorating - whether I've come to buy something or just browse the latest gadgets. There's no other shopping experience that compares and the folks of all ages who shop here seem to be having as much fun as I am.
My son is 10 and I am 47 and we both like to check out the apple store once in a while. I used to eat there before ZGalley. From Falafel to Korean Kimchi. Ahhh the good old days!!!
As for parking, we are talking about a store not a baseball Stadium.
"...leave them alone and they'll come home, wagging their tails behind them."
I had met Steve Jobs personally, he was a neighbor, and not well-liked as a neighbor.
However, I still like and use his products and am looking forward to a bigger, better store. Despite the crowds, the downtown PA store has always been the best one. The others are rather snarky.
Funny how someone who complains about " rants", vendettas" and " hidden agendas" in another thread, feels the need to denigrate a great pioneer.
Why was the other Apple store thread locked?
Anon posted he didn't like the design and blamed the new management. This store is build like the Times Square Apple store, Web Link. So blame past management.
Also, I hope the glass isn't anything like their iPhone screen. Just about everybody I know has had a cracked screen.
I visited the new Apple store this weekend ... What a waste!! It looks like a alleyway from the outside, and sounds like a train station from the inside. Perhaps Apple will pull the plug on this (no pun intended), and someone will fill it with plants.
Imagine trying to make a critical purchase decision with ear pain, and washed out screens. Somehow, I don't think this was Steve's vision.
I have to agree with Matin. Although I am normally a strong Apple backer, this is a terrible store. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the Apple head of retail was fired shortly after it opened. It is painfully loud - to the point I would think OSHA might be interested for worker safety. It is corporate and cold - a marble train station in all but name.
What was Apple thinking?
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