Today marks the 18th anniversary of the #AppleStore . On May 19th, 2001 the first two Apple Stores were opened at Tysons Corner in McLean (Virginia) and Glendale Galleria (California).
Most people consider the store in Tysons Corner to be the first. It opened a few hours before Glendale because of the time zone difference. Tysons Corner is also better known because of a video in which Steve Jobs first introduced Apple's retail plans. Other people think that Glendale Galleria should be considered the first, also because of its store number (R001).
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“They were the first two that were ready,” Steve Jobs told the press in 2001. At the opening date, Apple announced that it would open 25 stores in the same year. There were rumors that Apple used a complex algorithm for selecting locations, but this is unconfirmed. What we do know, is that all locations in 2001 were strategically planned. Glendale is in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. And Tysons Corner is in Fairfax Country, the richest county in the US. at that time.
The surprising thing is, that for the unassuming visitor there's nothing special about these two Apple Stores. They're both located in shopping malls from the seventies, and haven't been updated for several years. Nothing reminds visitors that they’re in the very first Apple Stores. These two are solely for your #bucketlist :)
- 17 hours ago