Location: 451 University Ave., Palo Alto CA
Grand Opening: October 6, 2001
First in Line: Sachin, 1:30 p.m. Friday [his photos, including w/Steve Jobs]
Building: A 6,500 square-foot, single-story building (two stories in the rear for storage & bathrooms) that fronts the street along the busy main street of Palo Alto, which is home to Stanford University. An historically significant building prevented Apple from expanding the walls, changing the facade, or making other major modifications. Neighbors include a rug store, Borders Books and other locally-owned stores.
Features: It's a "wide" style store with a bench-seats theater at the rear, and with POS at the front. It has a non-standard facde consisting of two windows, center doors, and lighted Apple logos on black metal facings. It has wood floors that are due for replacement during an October 2003 renovation and "re-grand opening."
Here is a complete list of the companies who were involved in the design and construction of the Palo Alto store.
Grand Opening: What can you say--Steve Jobs and Ron Johnson attended! The overnight crowd numbered about 15, with most Mac advocates arriving after 7 a.m. At the 10 a.m. opening the crowd wound down the block, around the corner, down the short side of the block, and then around another corner. There was lots of excitement, since this was the Bay Area's first Apple store, and was informally considered to be the "flagship" store, since it was just a few miles from the Cupertino headquarters of Apple.