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Apple Store 2.0 opening Saturday in Palo Alto

Original post made on Oct 25, 2012

Shrouded in black and still largely hidden from view by barricades, the sleek new Apple Store in downtown Palo Alto will be unveiled Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m., company officials have announced.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 25, 2012, 9:52 AM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 25, 2012 at 10:50 am

How does a store opening become headline news? Did Apple pay for this story?

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Posted by Concerned resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

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!!

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 25, 2012 at 11:32 am

?? 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.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

"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.

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

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.

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Posted by ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm

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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.

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Posted by CommonSense
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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.

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

The store is full of kids checking their facebook accounts and using free internet. No thanks.

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Posted by Laura
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

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.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Laura -
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.

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Posted by Fartoto
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Oct 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

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.

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Posted by etaoin shrdlu
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm


"...leave them alone and they'll come home, wagging their tails behind them."

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Posted by Ducatigirl
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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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.

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Posted by really?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Funny how someone who complains about ” rants”, vendettas” and ” hidden agendas” in another thread, feels the need to denigrate a great pioneer.

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Posted by Ex-city employee
a resident of another community
on Nov 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

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.

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Posted by Martin
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 5, 2012 at 8:16 am

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.


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Posted by Apple Fan - usually
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 5, 2012 at 9:55 am

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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