Apple opens ninth UK retail store: Apple Store Bentall Centre (links to photos)

The Apple Store Bentall Centre opened its doors for the first time on Saturday February 17th. This is Apple’s ninth UK retail store. A list of all of Apple’s UK retail stores is here.

Store Address:
The Bentall Centre
Wood Street
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1TR

To celebrate their Grand Opening, Apple is featuring a month of free presentations, demonstrations and workshops.

“I am happy to say I was there to soak up the atmosphere, with exclusive shots from inside the Apple Store before they opened. In the photo gallery that follows you will see photographs of the whole store, including the astounding applause for the first customer, who had been in the queue since 4am,” DavoMrMac reports for Geekanoids.

DavoMrMac reports, “The staff at the store clapped and welcomed the first 1,000 customers, with the queue still going strong at 10am. The staff and visitors enthusiasm was superb and things soon sprang into action with advice and sales meeting with so many smiles. The sales were ultra smooth too, using the scanner technology that Apple introduced late last year, customers do not have to get into line to pay. If they have something in their hand, they can have it scanned where they are standing, pay by card and they’re good to go. Also prominent in the store was the ‘We are better than Vista Campaign,’ with the new slogan “Go Beyond Vista… It’s time to get a Mac” on coloured banner displays and some staff t-shirts.”

Full article with many photos here.

“fridgeday” has also posted a set of grand opening photos on flickr here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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  2. With all due respect, I could care less about this kind of news. Mac-related news has been so non-existent in ’07, we are discussing mostly vaporware. Feb. 20, the date Apple was rumored to hold a special event, will come and go with nary a whimper as stocks continue to decline, and we are left wondering what the hell is going on once again. I’m discouraged; can you tell?

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    What Apple OS will succeed Leopard? MDN, forget Microsoft and reports of new Apple stores, feed my mind with news that matters!

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