Apple to open first South Carolina retail store in Charleston (with image)

“California-based technology giant Apple Inc. started recruiting workers for a King Street retail store on its Web site last week. Steve Jobs & Co. is seeking applicants who ‘have the potential to develop the retail sales and customer service skills that are the heart and soul of the Apple Store,” The Post and Courier reports.

“At the same time, city planners fielded a request to alter the storefront at 301 King St. That’s the same property, formerly shared by Granny’s Goodies thrift shop and Cumberland’s nightclub, that Apple architects were looking at a few weeks ago,” The Post and Courier reports.

“Richard Faenza, the owner of 301 King, said Friday that no one has inked a lease on the building yet, though he acknowledged that Apple came knocking a few weeks ago. It’s a safe bet that Apple required Faenza to sign a confidentiality agreement, but if it’s really interesting in keeping its cards close to its chest, Apple should get its HR people connected with its PR people, not to mention its architects,” The Post and Courier reports.

Full article, with link to City of Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review PDF containing more images, here.


  1. There may be, especially knowing Apple’s 2008 update-a-week pattern, but this announcement wouldn’t really be related, for all that iTunes Digital Copy does is allow users to download, for free, a copy of that movie from the iTunes Store. So a more related announcement might be allowing HD downloads to be accessible to computers with iTunes, not just Apple TVs.

  2. Read this from Lionsgate:

    The new iTunes Digital Copy provides a consumer friendly way to transfer a DVD purchase to a user’s iTunes library. Once a customer buys the DVD, he or she inserts it into their computer, enters a unique code into iTunes, and the movie is automatically copied to their iTunes library. Customers own the iTunes Digital Copy of the movie and it has all of the same great viewing options as other iTunes Store video content, including the ability to be viewed on a computer, iPod with video, iPhone and widescreen television with Apple TV. Each DVD will only transfer its iTunes Digital Copy to one iTunes library. An iTunes account is required.

    It sound to me like the digital copy is actually on the disc, then it is transfered to iTunes. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  3. @anankipedro

    All good info. Lionsgate seems to make no reference to Blu-ray discs. Apple will need to begin offering those drives soon if this new, very attractive studio additions is going to make sense. I, for one, don’t intend to buy any new movies that are not on Blu-ray.

  4. I got the iTunes Digital Copy from Family Guy’s “Blue Harvest.” I don’t think the copy is on the disk, as it downloaded a fairly large file from iTunes. However, the whole code thing seems out of whack, as it “used” a whole disc.

    If there’s anything that speaks to how much it costs the film maker per disc, its using a whole complete disc for a simple download code. They must get bulk wholesale discs at fractions of penny per. Wonder why they come out at retail initially at $24.99?

  5. @mrmikey

    That is interesting. It would seem more in Apple’s favor to have the encrypted file on the disc instead of using up bandwidth for a download. Then again the people downloading these iTunes copies are relatively few compared to the whole iTunes download picture. Perhaps Apple is getting a cut of the revenue.

  6. An Apple store in Charleston would be terrific. But we’ll be happier if/when an Apple Store locates to the Upstate of South Carolina: in Greenville or Spartanburg or Clemson/Anderson. From this area it will still be closer to drive to the Apple Store in Charlotte, NC.
    Then again, it may be the backward Greenville County School system – which does NOT support Macs (teachers are not even allowed to download iTunes for podcasts on their PC’s) that could be holding Apple back. All the nearby colleges use em – something they don’t tell students in Greenville public schools.
    Then again, if Apple would put a store here, the public demand- from advertising pros, students and teachers could start a revolutionary movement!

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