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MacRumors
May 20, 2013, 07:21 PM
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Following the opening of a new retail location in Melbourne (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/04/23/apple-to-open-new-retail-locations-in-melbourne-and-quebec-on-saturday/) last month, Apple is set to open another Australian Apple Store on May 25, this time in Adelaide.

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The Adelaide Apple Store (http://www.apple.com/au/retail/rundleplace/) will be Apple's 20th retail location in Australia, and it is located at Rundle Place (http://www.rundleplace.com.au), a four-story shopping center that houses more than 70 stores. Adelaide is Australia's 5th largest city and the new Apple Store will be the first in the state of South Australia.

At store openings, Apple typically hands out commemorative T-shirts to the first 1,000 customers to visit. The store is set to open at 10 a.m. this Saturday, and Apple has already begun (http://www.apple.com/au/retail/rundleplace/) accepting reservations for workshops and Genius bar appointments.

Article Link: Apple to Open New Adelaide Retail Store in Australia on May 25 (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/20/apple-to-open-new-adelaide-retail-store-in-australia-on-may-25/)



macs4nw
May 20, 2013, 07:33 PM
20th location in Australia? That seems like an awful lot. Good to know our Aussie friends are such big APPLE fans...:D

jer04
May 20, 2013, 07:56 PM
Finally....

lk400
May 20, 2013, 08:14 PM
20th location in Australia? That seems like an awful lot. Good to know our Aussie friends are such big APPLE fans...:D

Thats about 1 store per 1.1 million people. In the US its about 1 store per 1.2 million people. Given how large Australia is but with a relatively small population, I would have though there might be even more in Australia.

alphaod
May 20, 2013, 08:25 PM
20th location in Australia? That seems like an awful lot. Good to know our Aussie friends are such big APPLE fans...:D

We have like 15 Apple stores in the NYC tri-state area :p

ijohn.8.80
May 20, 2013, 09:33 PM
About bloody time, but, I do hope that you can still take your bigger gear to Mac Alert (http://www.macalert.com.au) for warranty repairs, getting the 27" iMac into the heart of the city would be a right royal pain.

phoenix78
May 20, 2013, 10:15 PM
Long suffering is finally over. Its in a perfect location too. :-)

jonnysods
May 20, 2013, 10:18 PM
Yeah, that's my home town right there!

Yumbo
May 20, 2013, 10:27 PM
About bloody time alright. Bought my first Mac in Adelaide.

the8thark
May 21, 2013, 12:23 AM
Adelaide gets a store and Brisbane CBD does not? No justice I tell you.
/rant over.

Another store is always a good thing I guess. At least our southern friends can buy Apple gear in an official Apple store now.

MacMarino
May 21, 2013, 02:17 AM
Any macrumors peeps want to go on Saturday morning to grab a T?

Jethryn Freyman
May 21, 2013, 03:03 AM
20 locations? Wow. I thought there were no more than half a dozen between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane...

rkmac
May 21, 2013, 03:13 AM
Still not a single Apple Store in NZ.

PAPO
May 21, 2013, 03:44 AM
I'll be there, that's for sure, been waiting SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO *breath* OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO long for this... :D

MiniD3
May 21, 2013, 03:52 AM
About bloody time, but, I do hope that you can still take your bigger gear to Mac Alert (http://www.macalert.com.au) for warranty repairs, getting the 27" iMac into the heart of the city would be a right royal pain.
MacAlert would suit me also, I'm up for a new iMac soon and hope MacAlert does not feel too much pressure
Parking at MacAlert is only slightly better ;)
Regards,
Gary

ArmCortexA8
May 21, 2013, 07:12 AM
Im really surprised by this, as Adelaide only has 1.2 million people (2011), and I do remember there were squabbles about the frontage Apple required for their store and various heritage issues, but I think this was before the announcement of planning.

Then there was this beforehand - http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/apple-adelaide-store-announcement-a-hoax/story-e6frg6n6-1226601512928 and this: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/04/south-australia-rejects-plans-for-rundle-place-apple-store/ so this makes me ponder what negotiations and how much money was offered to get this going. And oddly enough the Official Apple Retail Store site does not show Adelaide yet - http://www.apple.com/au/retail/, so currently you have to go to http://www.apple.com/au/retail/rundleplace

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Still not a single Apple Store in NZ.

Its NZ, enough said :) however there are 4.4 Million people in NZ (2011) so who knows.

ijohn.8.80
May 21, 2013, 07:54 AM
Im really surprised by this, as Adelaide only has 1.2 million people (2011)

Ummm... Perth has 1.7 million and 2 stores, Brisbane has 2.1 million and 3 stores, so why is it surprising? :confused:

Regarding the planning fiasco: Adelaide's planning approval process has been too conservative for the longest time, it is a very conservative place really. There's not very much of heritage value left in the Rundle Mall, it's nearly all been gutted and overhauled along the way, since the 70's. The planning objection was because the initial plans wanted a glass frontage from ground to ceiling in the Apple style and the city planners wanted verandahs. :rolleyes:

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And oddly enough the Official Apple Retail Store site does not show Adelaide yet - http://www.apple.com/au/retail/, so currently you have to go to http://www.apple.com/au/retail/rundleplace[COLOR="#808080"]

It's only the drop down menu on that page that hasn't got Adelaide listed yet. If you go to the right of that page and click on "Complete Store List (http://www.apple.com/au/retail/storelist/)" for Australia, it's listed.

RolyPolyBird
May 21, 2013, 08:59 AM
We have like 15 Apple stores in the NYC tri-state area :p

But you don't have drop bears.

okr
May 21, 2013, 09:52 AM
Same - hometown.
We've been waiting for this for too long. I'll be lining up!
The only sad aspect to the opening is that I gather it will mean the end to most of the business for the remaining independent Authorised Resellers in SA (Mac Centre [previously an AppleCentre], NextByte).

albusseverus
May 21, 2013, 09:54 AM
YAY !

I'd really like to see Apple Stores in every Australian State & Territory.
Couldn't believe how long it took to get one in Canberra.
A store in every major city would be even better, of course.

iMacC2D
May 21, 2013, 10:24 AM
I'll likely be stopping by on the Saturday morning if I'm not booked up otherwise. Will be interesting to maybe put some of the MacRumors (and MacTalk Australia) names to faces. Someone may have to make up a sign so we can distinguish the forumites from the regular Saturday morning crowds. :)

Same - hometown.
We've been waiting for this for too long. I'll be lining up!
The only sad aspect to the opening is that I gather it will mean the end to most of the business for the remaining independent Authorised Resellers in SA (Mac Centre [previously an AppleCentre], NextByte).

Without disclosing too much, I don't know what the market will look like for the Authorised Reseller after the Apple Store opening, but based on what I have heard from the various rumour mills, online communities and what Apple has done with previous store openings, I suspect Apple will be placing a significant amount of pressure on dealers within the Adelaide CBD and surrounding areas, especially when it comes to stock availability, repair pricing and turnarounds.

Where outer suburbs retailers offer convenience of location to their local markets, retailers within a close radius to the store will have to offer compelling reasons to potential customers and clients to visit them rather than make the extra short trip into Rundle Place, and the closer to the Apple Store they are, the more difficult it becomes. I almost wonder if the decision to open eRepublic on Rundle St a little over 12 months ago was one made with the assumption that Apple wouldn't come to Adelaide any time soon.

It's interesting times ahead, I think. All anyone can really do at this stage is wait and see.

PAPO
May 21, 2013, 02:37 PM
so when's everyone going to start lining up, 'cause I don't want to line up from Friday, but I want a T-Shirt

the8thark
May 21, 2013, 04:41 PM
Ummm... Perth has 1.7 million and 2 stores, Brisbane has 2.1 million and 3 stores, so why is it surprising? :confused:


Not one of those Brisbane stores is anywhere near the Brisbane CBD. I don't know why Apple didn't just put one in the CBD.

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Without disclosing too much, I don't know what the market will look like for the Authorised Reseller after the Apple Store opening, but based on what I have heard from the various rumour mills, online communities and what Apple has done with previous store openings, I suspect Apple will be placing a significant amount of pressure on dealers within the Adelaide CBD and surrounding areas, especially when it comes to stock availability, repair pricing and turnarounds.

If it's anything like Perth, it simply killed the Authorised reseller business there.

steve09090
May 21, 2013, 10:43 PM
As far as 'only being 1.1 Million people'. It's as much about real service. Who wants to pay $50 + potential replacement cost, to have an iPhone shipped out from Apple as a warranty job, or wait 10 days to have yours evaluated and replaced? The eastern states have had it good. Fair enough they have larger numbers but it's about service too.

so when's everyone going to start lining up, 'cause I don't want to line up from Friday, but I want a T-Shirt

I'm lining up friday. Not really.. the only weekend I will be out of town. Damn it!

buysp
May 22, 2013, 12:00 AM
but you don't have drop bears.

LOL! What about bunyips?

okr
May 22, 2013, 06:51 AM
so when's everyone going to start lining up, 'cause I don't want to line up from Friday, but I want a T-Shirt

Am thinking of rocking up late Friday night/early Saturday morning (I'm going to be out in town on Friday night anyway so might just get a friend who's lining up too to bring in a sleeping bag and a chair haha.)

I dunno what the normal procedure is with openings as have never been to one though - anyone know what happens? Will security set up a formal queue closer to 10:00am? And yeah, I want a t-shirt.

steve09090
May 22, 2013, 07:42 AM
LOL! What about bunyips?

Not in the city.

itsmemuffins
May 22, 2013, 08:12 AM
I don't want to hear Apple opens another store unless its in Ireland :mad:

bkeeper
May 22, 2013, 10:21 AM
I filmed a quick look at the new Adelaide Apple store
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEijOx8Bi_M

The iPhones are all lined up waiting for Saturday,
hopefully it rains and keeps the queue size down.

pisobarz
May 22, 2013, 09:42 PM
Looks very nice! It's alot deeper than I originally thought it would be.

http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=413483&stc=1&d=1369277008

macs4nw
May 25, 2013, 04:41 PM
I don't want to hear Apple opens another store unless its in Ireland :mad:

With all the Billions held there, that shouldn't be any problem. ;)

It's indeed sad that our friends in Ireland are (thus far) deprived of having an APPLE STORE. You've been on the list to get one, since at least 2009 (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/apples-retail-stores-around-the-world-by-order-of-appearance-1816550.html, so we can understand your frustration. :(

Guess it's just by population numbers near large urban centers.

Unnak
May 26, 2013, 04:02 AM
Still not a single Apple Store in NZ.
I agree, I guess it's back to PB Tech. :(