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Old Aug 16th, 2007, 05:29 PM   #41
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what about London,Ontario?
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Old Aug 16th, 2007, 06:04 PM   #42
 
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Here's an update! Shows the new location Looks like it should be done next summer.

Apple to begin work on Montreal flaship this winter!
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Old Aug 16th, 2007, 08:18 PM   #43
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Sherway is close, but I think Square One is a safe distance where they wouldn't harm Sherway's sales too much. A centralized Mississauga location is good, especially considering the lack of Resellers besides Best Buy & Futureshop where Macs are pretty much a second thought.
Well, there used to be CompuSmart but you are right, aside from Sherway (which pretty much lays on the border of Sauga and formerly Etobicoke), there is not much with regards to retail stores that are only Mac in Sauga. Oakville has Canadian Computer Outlet. I think a better goegraphical location would be Erin Mills Town Centre personally (even though I live across the street from SQ1).
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Old Aug 16th, 2007, 11:04 PM   #44
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I think that the three major universities downtown have their own computer stores selling Macs. There was a chain of store...B.Mac(?) that failed a couple of years ago and they had a location on Ste. Catherine near Carre Phillip.

Irving le Fou (or whatever they call it) also sold/sells Macs in a small section but pretty skimpy.

Anyone else remember the old Apple retailers in the downtown core? There was one in the Camelot-Info location on Carre Phillip and then there was one a couple of blocks east of The Bay on a side street who subsequently moved to the West Island. Saw my first Lisa there.
Crazy Irving Le Fou a.k.a. Crazy Irving's was the one a couple of blocks east of The Bay (on City Councillors St.?), which some years later moved to Phillips Square before becoming Compusmart. (I have no idea what kind of transaction that was -- Irving's might have been the "original" Compusmart for all I know.) So, Irving's on the West Island was another branch, possibly the first one, not a relocation.

I remember Crazy Irving's well, because in the early days (1986 or so) they engaged in thinly veiled piracy by "lending evaluation copies" of software for a token amount (price of the floppy?).

Now with Compusmart gone and no non-university resellers to speak of downtown, an Apple store next door to Ogilvy's should work well.

There's also Collège Lasalle in that neck of the woods. I doubt they have their own on-campus store, but they do have a fairly high-profile fashion program. Dawson is not very far either.

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There's also Collège Lasalle in that neck of the woods. I doubt they have their own on-campus store, but they do have a fairly high-profile fashion program. Dawson is not very far either.
And don't forget the Cité de la multimédia, just down the hill in the west end of Old Montreal.
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Crazy Irving Le Fou a.k.a. Crazy Irving's was the one a couple of blocks east of The Bay (on City Councillors St.?), which some years later moved to Phillips Square before becoming Compusmart. (I have no idea what kind of transaction that was -- Irving's might have been the "original" Compusmart for all I know.) So, Irving's on the West Island was another branch, possibly the first one, not a relocation.
Are you sure that they moved over to Phillips Square? I just thought that they moved out to the West Island. The Phillips Square store was very barebones...when they got the first Mac in they had it sitting on a fold-out table with a couple of chairs. Hrmmm...maybe I should check the brochures I picked up...might have the store's name stamped on the back?

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I remember that!
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Old Aug 17th, 2007, 09:37 AM   #47
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Are you sure that they moved over to Phillips Square? I just thought that they moved out to the West Island. The Phillips Square store was very barebones...when they got the first Mac in they had it sitting on a fold-out table with a couple of chairs.
There are many details I'm not sure about, but there are two things I am positive about: one is the location on City Councillors in the mid-to-late 80s; the second is Crazy Irving's being on Phillips Square in the late 90s and suddenly becoming Compusmart one fine day, with nothing but the name changing.

I knew somebody who worked there in the 80s, and spent more time in the store than I care to admit, so I know it was definitely Crazy Irving's, and definitely not on Phillips Square at that time.

More tidbits:

- There is a Wikipedia stub on Compusmart, in French. It says Crazy Irving's was the direct corporate predecessor to Compusmart, and the name change happened in 1999. (It also lists 1993 as the founding date, but I remember using early Macs there in the '80s.)

- The software "rental" went on until 1996!
See CRAZY IRVING AGREES NOT TO RENT COMPUTER SOFTWARE WITHOUT LICENSE FROM PUBLISHERS - PR Newswire - HighBeam Research
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I think that the three major universities downtown have their own computer stores selling Macs. There was a chain of store...B.Mac(?) that failed a couple of years ago and they had a location on Ste. Catherine near Carre Phillip.

Irving le Fou (or whatever they call it) also sold/sells Macs in a small section but pretty skimpy.

Anyone else remember the old Apple retailers in the downtown core? There was one in the Camelot-Info location on Carre Phillip and then there was one a couple of blocks east of The Bay on a side street who subsequently moved to the West Island. Saw my first Lisa there.
I got my first mac from Bmac! Great little store, but no one knew it was there, blocking the church behind it. It was hard to find even if you did have the address.

Before FS started selling macs, it was hard to find a mac in this city. They were in obscure little shops, or you had to travel far to get there, or there was INSO (I think that's what it's called) - I'm not fond of it there. If there was anything more visible, I never saw it.

Macs are like those apartments that need to be seen, and once you do you'll get so excited, you'll want to move in right away. The Flag ship store, will definitely accomplish this, not too far from Westmount either.
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The only Mac store I really went to was Microserve.

I remember being in High School with those purple iMacs (yes, I'm young!) and seeing them at Dumoulin. That's when I wanted a PowerMac G4 :p

I bought my first PowerMac G4 over there. Sold that to a friend to get a PowerMac G5 within their first year of existence, had a PowerBook which got stolen then got a MacBook Pro. All this from Microserve, great store, somewhat knowledgeable people, but in the end their service was wack.

I hear good things about Microboutique but they didn't seem to care for my purchase, after all I was only buying a MacPro... They literally just didn't want to help me out with the price at all, even after I found a competitor with a better deal (when buying a highly priced system, that is important.)

I don't think the Apple store will really grab to the professionals, especially not a flagship store. I think it's more to lour the kids in like a candy shop, impress the new-comers and convert them. Professionals may go there for software and small accessories since it'll probably be the best place for it, but I personally wouldn't go there to buy my system. It just doesn't make sense, since they sell Apple only RAM and internal hard disks, making the price ridiculous.

Either way, it'll be cool to see, fun to go to and it should attract a lot of switchers in the downtown area. Kudos!
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Crazy Irving Le Fou a.k.a. Crazy Irving's was the one a couple of blocks east of The Bay (on City Councillors St.?), which some years later moved to Phillips Square before becoming Compusmart. (I have no idea what kind of transaction that was -- Irving's might have been the "original" Compusmart for all I know.) So, Irving's on the West Island was another branch, possibly the first one, not a relocation.
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I had thought that Compucentre was the original Compusmart. Both were 'owned' by Hartco although Compucentre was a franchise operation.

I worked for the 'business' division of Compucentre in Toronto back in the mid-80's when we were in offices above Mr. Greenjeans in the Eaton Centre. After I left, they became Microage and moved east on Queen St., the other side of the DVP if I remember correctly.
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