Another Weekend, Another 3 Grand Openings

August 23, 2011

The rush of Apple store grand openings continues this weekend with new stores opening in France, North Carolina and—finally—the first store in Arkansas. The first store to open on Saturday will be at the Carré Sénart shopping mall south of Paris. The store will be the fourth store in the region and the ninth in the country. The next opening will be at the Northlake Mall in Charlotte (NC), which has had but a single store (Southpark) since 2004. Lastly, the on-going saga of Arkansas’ first Apple store will come to a happy ending when the Promenade at Chenal store opens on Saturday. The store was listed as a tenant at the mall in 2007, even before the mall opened in 2008. In fact, the store’s official project number 286 indicates its mid-2008 origin. But after Apple applied for a city building permit, for some reason the store never opened. Rumors about the store surfaced again in early 2010, finally leading to job listings and this week’s grand opening. With the addition of Arkansas, Apple now has stores in the District of Columbia and 44 states. Montana, Wyoming, the Dakotas, West Virginia and Vermont are still without an Apple store. The company will open about 14 more stores by September 30th in order to meet their promise last June to open 30 stores by the end of the fiscal year.

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