Peek At Philly Store Hints of Storefront Design

by Gary Allen on July 5, 2010

For a brief time, the black construction barricade hiding the future Walnut Street (Philadelphia) store was partially removed, and it became clear the store will both retain historic features and incorporate Apple’s modern storefront design. Several photos submitted to IFO show brand new windows on the upper level, in very small panes set between the decorative columns. One of the windows was missing, as workers apparently used it for construction access. On the ground level, the top seven feet of the barricade was missing, allowing a view of the storefront frame, which is now masonry. The opening itself spans the entire width of the building, suggesting a wide and tall glass storefront. It’s not clear if stainless steel will also appear on the storefront. Lastly, although there have been tips of a July grand opening, a recent photo of the interior shows considerable construction work still remains to be completed.

This view shows that substantial finishing work remains to be completed. The identify of two workers in the store is concealed in this photo.

Thanks to Steve and others for the photos.

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Brianbobcat July 6, 2010 at 0856

I’m guessing a small band of stainless steel above the glass in front of those new cinder blocks. Either steel or they’ll replicate the rest of the stone facade and install some new stone to match.



Matt July 6, 2010 at 1131

Wow, I’m out of the loop. What’s the cross street?


Charlie July 6, 2010 at 1525
Matt July 6, 2010 at 1638

Yay, now I don’t have to ride my bike 10 miles to Ardmore to wait in line for new Apple products. :)


Phil Adelphia July 7, 2010 at 1353

The flag holders have been left in and will probably be similar to the flags that are at the Opera location in Paris. The sales area looks like it will have four table deep and three across as well as the Genius Bar and training areas. Upstairs will most likely be the Business Conference room, Genius Room and management office.


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