Seven ways to Sunday: Hong Kong Apple Store
The newest and most-expensive, constructed at a purported cost of $40 million, Apple Store opened Saturday in Hong Kong. However, before the crowds and the high fives, vice president of real estate Bob Bridger and other top staffers did a meet and greet with local media.
And, if you were a reporter with an iPhone problem, wouldn’t you take the opportunity to get a little one-on-one help? A little pre-opening perk.
In Asia, it’s not a launch without a hottie. In this case, Taiwan’s TVBS cornered actress/singer Ariel Lin — she usually plays good girls — who was on hand to lend a little glam.
Of course, the associates did the cursory victory lap before the IFC Mall Apple Store on Hong Kong — pricey, pricey real estate — officially opened for business.
The countdown. Isn’t it amazing that people still get so jazzed 10 years into the Apple Store phenomenon.
Richard Lai, a Hong Kong blogger and foreign media go to guy, got some face time at the store, which is expected to draw 40,000 people a day.
The interesting bit in this clip is el Tommy Bahama dude. Yup, that’s Gary Allen of ifoApple Store fame — don’t know how he swings it, but he’s everywhere.
In addition to the Hong Kong location, this weekend Cupertino opened stores in Nanjing East (Shanghai), Westfield Hornsby (Australia), Centro Sicilia (Italy), New Haven (CT), Metrotown (Vancouver) and Parly 2 (France).