Thousands flock to Alabama’s first Apple Retail Store Grand Opening

“Suzanne Rickles had an easy enough plan in mind Saturday – buy a computer at the Apple store opening that day at The Summit,” Marie Leech reports for The Birmingham News.

“She got there at 10:15 a.m., just 15 minutes after the store opened, thinking she would walk right in,” Leech reports. “Not quite.”

“‘I never thought in a million years it would be like this,’ she said, staring at the backs of at least 1,000 heads in line waiting to get into the store,” Leech reports.

Leech reports, “The line, wrapped all the way around the sidewalks at The Summit, was hours long. Security guards had the areas roped off, much like the lines for the Georgia Cyclone at Six Flags.”

Leech reports, “Paul Barnes. who lives in Cambridge, England, but is in Alabama visiting friends. ‘I went to the grand opening of Apple in Rome, Italy, so I’m not surprised about the line at all. It’s like a cult for a lot of Mac users. A lot of them are freaks, if you really want to know the truth.'”

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  1. Apple has job postings for Kentucky’s first Apple Store, which will be in Oxmoor Center in Louisville, and I expect a similar crowd there. Since I live about 5 miles from there, I’ll definitely be there — although I don’t think I’ll sleep in the parking lot that night. 6:00am seems like a good time to get there.

  2. …I am no freak……I am an insane freak ….MAC freak that is ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />….!

    Mac “freak is my middel name” B

  3. The Apple store I worked in had a very high turn over rate. Both in Mac Specialist and Mac Genius. Some would quit, some got fired because management just didn’t like them.
    If a customer would complain loud and long enough, management would cave in give the customer whatever they wanted.
    If the customer would accept that the iPod was out of warranty or that the MacBook’s screen was broken and wasn’t covered by AppleCare they got NOTHING!!
    Working with the public is hard, but working with the public and crummy management is a no win situation.

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