Almost six years after it was assigned store #5 and hiring interviews were held, Apple will hold a grand opening for a store in Birmingham (Ala.) at The Summit mall on April 14th. It’s the first store in the state, bringing to 35 the number of states with stores. The first proposed space at the mall was too narrow and mall management was reportedly reluctant to let a computer retailer into the up-scale mall. Now the mall has undergone a 500,000 square-foot expansion, and Apple’s chic has been certified by 177 other stores. The opening is the first in the four southern states (with Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi) that have long-suffered without an Apple store.