A crowd of people that easily exceeded three hundred waited patiently this morning for Apple latest retail store grand opening. Apple Store Crabtree Valley Mall opened this morning at 10am EDT in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is North Carolina’s third store after Charlotte and Durham. To celebrate the Grand Opening, Apple is featuring a week of exciting events. In the store, Apple will have a variety of unique and educational presentations, demonstrations and workshops — all free of charge.

The first 1000 people that visited the Apple store received a free Apple Store Crabtree Valley Mall T-shirt. Some of those should be hitting eBay soon. Visitors also entered the Grand Opening Sweepstakes to win a Digital Lifestyle Collection valued at $2229. The winner will receive a 17-inch flat-panel Intel Core Duo iMac, an iPod nano, a Canon PowerShot SD450 digital camera, a Sony Handycam CCD-TRV138, and an HP Deskjet 5440 printer.

MacDailyNews reader Wayne Sutton has posted photos of the event via Flickr here.

Video of the line of people waiting for the Grand Opening of Apple Store Crabtree Valley Mall:

Dirtect link to the video via YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhvapAWiNso

Video of the doors opening and the line beginning to file into Apple’s new Crabtree Valley Mall store:

Direct link to video via YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bopPAtXAQIg

More info about Apple Store Crabtree Valley Mall: http://www.apple.com/retail/crabtreevalleymall/

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader Wayne Sutton (http://wayne-sutton.com/blog/) for the photos and videos.]

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