: No Canada Apple store any time soon?

May 20th, 2003, 04:36 PM
In Apple's press release (http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/05-20-2003/0001950428&EDATE=) today touting 20 new Apple Stores to be opened in the next 12 months, they make a big deal out of announcing their first Store outside the country ... but it's in Tokyo.

Only 3 of the 20 stores are discussed but I figure if they were opening more than one outside the US they'd probably have mentioned it.

Sigh ...

May 20th, 2003, 05:39 PM
I wouldn't hold my breath for an Apple store any time soon.

They are still in the process of hiring staff for the Future Shops in the GTA. It doesn't appear they are in any hurry to open a retail store.

Edit: I see they have finally finished hiring.

[ May 20, 2003, 05:52 PM: Message edited by: adagio ]

May 20th, 2003, 06:38 PM
what about that whole Carbonation refit into a new store? Is that not the 'unofficial' Mac store for GTA??

May 20th, 2003, 08:08 PM
I haven't seen Carbon's new store yet. Sounds like it may be impressive. I purchased my mac from them 3 years ago and have always been impressed with their sales and service. I wish them well in the new location.

However, that is still a private reseller and in no way could be confused with Apples retail establishments. I've been to the Buffalo store and the flagship Soho location. Soho would impress even the most jaded shopper.

It's all about location and let's face it, Carbon is NOT going to entice switchers off the street.

May 20th, 2003, 11:42 PM
Agreed, I bought my Ti 550 in the Palo Alto store and have also been to the one near San Diego.

Whenever I walk into one I feel like reaching for my wallet (to buy stuff) vs. how I feel in Future Shop (where I reach to make sure it doesn't get lifted smile.gif )

May 21st, 2003, 06:16 AM
It took every once of willpower not to get my wallet out in the Soho store.

Everything was screaming 'Buy me" tongue.gif

May 21st, 2003, 06:47 AM
I was in Buffalo a few weeks ago for a show and planned on going to the store. my whole day was set back and ended up arriving in Buff afterhours, Boo.... Will go back soon. I want to see that store!! I'll end up taking pics knowing me!

May 21st, 2003, 04:42 PM
You haven't lived until you've seen an Apple store. :D

Here is a pic that I took inside the Soho store on opening day last July during MacWorld.. The fella beside me is another ehMac member, Mississauga.
This pic is taken in the theatre/training area. In the background is row after row of software.


May 21st, 2003, 09:07 PM

'Sauga's cover is blown!

May 21st, 2003, 09:59 PM
That's just him in disguise. ;)

May 22nd, 2003, 05:27 AM
I wouldn't read an awful lot into that, plus most people were caught off guard when the Canadian online Apple store was introduced. It just kinda showed up one day.

I have been to a number of Apple Stores in California, I can see why some would like them, but I think the unwashed masses would find them very intimidating. I don't really know what to make of the staff, I admire their genuine enthusiasm... but they didn't seem to have the knowledge you would find in a run of the mill mac dealer.

I saw a woman asking the mac genius if she could use her laser writer in Mac OS X and the guy didn't appear to know what a laser writer was.