“Hundreds lined up to be among the first at the Apple Store that opened yesterday in Stamford Town Center,” Alexandra Fenwick reports for The Stamford Advocate. “Some were there to make purchases or get help with MacIntosh products they already owned. Many said the offer of free T-shirts for the first 1,000 customers was a draw, but most were there for what they called ‘The Apple Experience.'”
“‘It’s really tough to put a finger on it and not to sound elitist about it, but there’s kind of a culture surrounding it,’ said West Haven resident Mike Denysenko, a graphic design teacher at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield,” Fenwick reports. “While Apple fans waited for the glass doors to slide open at 10 a.m., employees held a pep rally inside the store, clapping and stomping their feet, then running outside to high-five the waiting customers. ‘This mall’s not going to know what hit them,’ store general manager Joe DiGiovanni said.”
Fenwick reports, “Mall security supervisor Paul Smith said his security team was prepared to handle an initial crowd of up to 300. ‘This is the largest grand opening I’ve ever seen,’ said Stamford police officer Ed Davis, who has been working mall security on weekends for 10 years.”
Fenwick reports, “Yet Davis said he thought the crowds could have been even larger if the mall garage had opened earlier. ‘I think the garage took away from it because people couldn’t get in,’ he said. Before the store opened, a curious employee next door at Abercrombie & Fitch approached DiGiovanni. ‘Are you giving away something free?’ Lorraine Millington asked the manager. DiGiovanni explained the T-shirt promotion, but that didn’t seem to satisfy Millington. ‘It’s not like it’s the first store ever being opened,’ she said. ‘But it’s Apple!’ DiGiovanni said.”
Full article, in which Fenwick also amusingly writes, “Sharon Greene of Norwalk said she owns an iPod but is a personal computer person for work, referring to the rift between those dedicated to either Macs or PCs,” here.
MacDailyNews Take: The Apple Macs is the only “personal computer” that can run all three major operating systems, Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. Just wait until Joe and Jane Six Pack finally gets that message. E and E.
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Hundreds line up for Apple Store West Town Mall grand opening in Knoxville [UPDATED] – July 01, 2006