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A ComputerTree grows in North Carolina

15 July 2011 2,613 views No Comment

Back in the late ’90s Apple Authorized Resellers closed by the score due to the Mac’s flagging market fortunes. In the noughties, the mothership killed more than a few as it rolled out Apple Stores around the country. Recently, however, the trend has been reversing as new stores open and existing chains spread their reach.

Davidson News (North Carolina) reports that ComputerTree, an Apple Authorized Reseller, will open Saturday, July 16.

“I always wanted to do something with Apple. It’s always been an interest of mine. It’s also something the north end of Mecklenburg County has needed,” said Drew Crawford, proprietor.

Mecklenburg what? Where? Think Winston-Salem, which lies within state’s famed technology triangle, about an hour up the road from Apple’s North Carolina Data Center.

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My little patch of provincial America — Erie, PA — is relatively well endowed. No, we don’t yet have an Apple store, but there is an authorized reseller, CompuClean, and an authorized service center, Erie Computer, as well as a Best Buy with an Apple section.

Of these three, Best Buy is the newest to the game and they actually have an “Apple guy” that gives a darn. The independents, CompluClean and Erie Computer, ooze competence and pride.

That said, from Washington (state) to Boston, MA and Kent, UK to Beijing, new resellers are popping up and old ones are getting bigger.

With Mac market share again above 10 percent, the Apple renaissance is spreading. Congratulations to ComputerTree and the people of Winston-Salem…

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