Hundreds line up for Apple Store Crabtree Valley Mall grand opening (with video)

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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35 Comments

  1. Mac users are more clever:
    I need a pencil sharpener,” said Tom bluntly.
    “Oops! There goes my hat!” said Tom off the top of his head.
    “I can no longer hear anything,” said Tom deftly.
    “I have a split personality,” said Tom, being frank.
    “This must be an aerobics class,” Tom worked out.

    Windows users make neat graphs.

  2. Holy shit, I came to read a pointless “news story” and was greeted with humorous comments!

    Ay Yi Yi, what’s MDN devolving into?

    Ampar, I had no idea you could be such a funny bastard!

    And I for one will be First in line when those fabulous big-box Dell Stores® open. Perhpas someone will finally be able to answer the question of the ages… is Inspiron pronounced in-SPY-ron, Or IN-spi-ron… with a short i as in insipid?

  3. “Went to Target today and tried to play with the Apple boombox. The iPod had no music loaded on it. So how are you supposed to try out Apple products if they aren’t prepared to be tested.”

    I agree – Apple has their work cut out for them.

    I would suggest bringing your own iPod (BYOP?) to try out the HiFi. I’d want to know how my music sounded on it anyway.

    Reminds me of my old technique for getting a salesperson’s attention at any electronics store. Just put in something like a White Zombie CD in one of the stereos and CRANK it all the way up. You’ll get helped in no time!

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  4. A recent article said Dell stores wont sell products in stores, just only on sheld display, all will be ordered online in store becuz walkout store purchases will cost more. A recent article said Dell stated this.
    I use Apple, and will only use Apple, so if I were to ever buy a dell ( Which I Won’t ) it would be easier to get it online at home, so whats the point for a Dell store if everything will still be orded online at the store? No store walkout purchases like at Apple Store, Only long line I can think of at A Dell store opening is people with maintenece, repair, or tech issues.

  5. Correction, I mean Dell won’t sell walkout purchases. Unlike Apple Store, you always see someone walkout with their Mac Mini’s, MacBooks, iMac, iPod’s, ETC, and at my nearest apple store, I always see it very busy like that.

  6. More on the Dell store –

    In Dallas at a new Dell store (coming soon) it is located a floor above the Apple store. So frustrated Dell customers can walk out of Dell- empty handed and then walk into the Apple store and walk out of the Apple store with a brand new Apple produce. Brilliance at – North Park.

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