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Old Feb 21, 2014, 12:23 PM   #1
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Apple Planning New Retail Store in Lansing, Michigan




Apple is preparing to open a new retail store in Lansing, Michigan, according to the Lansing State Journal. The plans for a 6,000 square foot store at the Eastwood Towne Center were discovered in paperwork submitted to Lansing Township officials by a contractor working with Apple.
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A contractor for the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology company filed an application with Lansing Township officials to start work on a nearly 6,000-square-foot retail store at 3025 Preyde Boulevard, which is part of the shopping center near U.S. 127 and Lake Lansing Road.
Apple will remodel a vacant commercial space between Bath & Body Works and Victoria's Secret as part of a multimillion dollar project led by Chicago-based Pepper Construction Co.
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Apple started hiring for this new Lansing store several months ago and still has 13 available positions ranging from Store Leader to Specialist (Via ifoAppleStore). This would be Apple's sixth location in Michigan and would provide retail coverage for customers in the central part of the state. Other Michigan stores are located in Ann Arbor, Clinton Township, Grand Rapids, Novi and Troy.

As part of its annual 10-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple revealed that the company plans to open 30 new retail stores in 2014, with approximately two-thirds of these new stores located outside the U.S. This international push already is in progress, with the company opening its first retail store in Brazil last week. Over 1,700 customers visited the Rio de Janeiro location on its opening day.

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Old Feb 21, 2014, 12:28 PM   #2
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I'd like to have a store a little closer to home so I don't have to drive an hour to get to the nearest one!
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Old Feb 21, 2014, 12:42 PM   #3
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I'd like to have a store a little closer to home so I don't have to drive an hour to get to the nearest one!
Where do you go now? Novi or Grand Rapids?
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Old Feb 21, 2014, 12:44 PM   #4
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It's not often that I see Lansing mentioned on MacRumors.
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So now you can run into the apple store and get a phone before going to watch a movie where you can text and talk the entire time. Fantastic.
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Old Feb 21, 2014, 01:00 PM   #6
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East Lansing resident here. Would have saved me a four hour round trip when the Retina MacBooks were released.

Edit: That's a terrible location. Near a congested highway that's 4-5 miles from campus. A campus whose student's primary method of transportation is not an automobile. I'm assuming the 45,000+ students in the area was enticing to Apple. Why not position the store on Grand River right next to campus? Stores open and close there every year, multiple times a year. Real estate wouldn't be hard to acquire.
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It's not often that I see Lansing mentioned on MacRumors.
I know. So cool to see my hometown (Troy) mentioned at all also.
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Old Feb 21, 2014, 01:36 PM   #8
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Edit: That's a terrible location. Near a congested highway that's 4-5 miles from campus. A campus whose student's primary method of transportation is not an automobile. I'm assuming the 45,000+ students in the area was enticing to Apple. Why not position the store on Grand River right next to campus? Stores open and close there every year, multiple times a year. Real estate wouldn't be hard to acquire.
Maybe Eastwood is more convenient to Lansing as a whole? Putting it on Grand River would be convenient only to MSU students, whereas anyone else would have to deal with East Lansing parking hassles (eg, find a spot in the Habitrail or some other parking deck and then walk a couple blocks). Furthermore, as you say, stores open and close there every year, and with the whole stretch west of Abbot now abandoned and boarded over, that area is starting to look seriously depressed… not the kind of environment where Apple usually sets up shop.

Also, wouldn't MSU students already have their own on-campus computer store? That's where I got my PowerBook 160 in 1993 while in grad skool at MSU.

Anyways, if they had to go with a mall location, interesting that they chose the outdoor (but centrally-located) Eastwood Town Center, rather than Meridian or Lansing Malls.
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Nice to see another store open up in Michigan. Too bad it's about 30 miles further from me than the ones at Somerset and Partridge Creek. Though the traffic to Lansing from me would be lighter.
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East Lansing resident here. Would have saved me a four hour round trip when the Retina MacBooks were released.

Edit: That's a terrible location. Near a congested highway that's 4-5 miles from campus. A campus whose student's primary method of transportation is not an automobile. I'm assuming the 45,000+ students in the area was enticing to Apple. Why not position the store on Grand River right next to campus? Stores open and close there every year, multiple times a year. Real estate wouldn't be hard to acquire.
You're right, lets put it in downtown East Lansing where all the drunk students can stumble into it or where so many companies like GAP (can you say prime location) decided to pull out because they were making too much money from the students who have no money to spend. Even better, lots of parking on Grand River, minus parking.
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Here at MSU, the campus does have on campus apple store, where at lot of MSU students shop. Many students including non MSU students will either buy their macs online or at best buy. I am happy to see an Apple Store here in Lansing. Driving to Novi is a chore and I miss being in Chicago where I had a choice of 5 stores to choose from. The eastwood towncenter is an up and coming residential and commercial area. I am happy to see Apple here. Thank you.
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Where do you go now? Novi or Grand Rapids?
I live very close to Novi and think Apple should move their store to a bigger location. Especially at the weekend there are just too many people and its getting crowded. The staff is very competent and friendly though...
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No, Michigan has Apple Stores only in the lower parts of Michigan. Start getting some in Birch Run or Saginaw.
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Not Convenient?

Edit: That's a terrible location. Near a congested highway that's 4-5 miles from campus. A campus whose student's primary method of transportation is not an automobile. I'm assuming the 45,000+ students in the area was enticing to Apple. Why not position the store on Grand River right next to campus? Stores open and close there every year, multiple times a year. Real estate wouldn't be hard to acquire.[/QUOTE]

Ann Arbor Apple store isn't near UofM campus either. Personally, I am glad because it is very accessible being right off an expressway exit just like the Lake Lansing Road store will be in Lansing.
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Good spot. Right in between two of the most popular stores in the mall. : D

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So now you can run into the apple store and get a phone before going to watch a movie where you can text and talk the entire time. Fantastic.
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Really? Yeah, its Apples problem that people are dumb. Where's my violin? /S
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No, Michigan has Apple Stores only in the lower parts of Michigan. Start getting some in Birch Run or Saginaw.
And Mackinac Island too! LOL
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And Mackinac Island too! LOL
Man...Apple must really be desperate for sales!
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Good to see my hometown in the news. Only question here is: how are they not building it in Meridian Mall?? A much better location, a bigger mall... I don't get it.

And how come Lansing gets an apple store and Chattanooga doesn't? We have WAY more people in the area and our mall is Twice the size at least of any Lansing mall... grr Apple... Lol
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When will da Yoopers get some love, eh?
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When will da Yoopers get some love, eh?
Unfortunately, probably never.
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Man...Apple must really be desperate for sales!
There's big money on that island - people fly in there on personal planes!

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Good to see my hometown in the news. Only question here is: how are they not building it in Meridian Mall?? A much better location, a bigger mall... I don't get it.

And how come Lansing gets an apple store and Chattanooga doesn't? We have WAY more people in the area and our mall is Twice the size at least of any Lansing mall... grr Apple... Lol
Meridian Mall doesn't have easy expressway access but it is a really nice mall!
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It's a great location and will help a shopping center that has been trying to make great advances in bringing people in. It has great food and good shopping and is easily accessible. Great choice in my opinion. Both of the other traditional malls in the area are dying anyways.
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WTH is this? damn it apple. Apple is all about opening new stores and less about products being made and fulfilling demands.
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WTH is this? damn it apple. Apple is all about opening new stores and less about products being made and fulfilling demands.
I'm a former Lansing resident living in the DC area. Gotta tell you we would have never made the shift to Macs and other Apple products without first trying them out in one of the local Apple stores. (We're spoiled here with four within a 12-mile radius, one of which was the very first Apple store to open.)

You can read all of the reviews in the world, but I like to actually get my hands on a new product and play with it a bit before shelling out big bucks.
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East Lansing resident here. Would have saved me a four hour round trip when the Retina MacBooks were released.

Edit: That's a terrible location. Near a congested highway that's 4-5 miles from campus. A campus whose student's primary method of transportation is not an automobile. I'm assuming the 45,000+ students in the area was enticing to Apple. Why not position the store on Grand River right next to campus? Stores open and close there every year, multiple times a year. Real estate wouldn't be hard to acquire.
It's in an upscale shopping area, which I always thought was out of place, but it is close to both Lansing and East Lansing and apparently does fairly well. I've been there several times and used to stop there for a quick browse on the way out of town. There was a very awesome Italian restaurant that was perfect for a bite before hitting the road.

I am surprised they didn't put it further out into west Lansing, but I haven't been out that was since they tore down the Oldsmobile plants and displaced probably tens of thousands of workers.

Yes MSU has a Computer Store. When I worked there, I used to spend a sizable chunk of money on software, and back then you got some INSANE deals. The typical Apple educational discount was only $100.00 at the time I looked into it for a friend. They were trying to decide if it was worth it. For $100.00, the actual Apple Stores often have product in stock where the Computer Store usually has to order what you want, although I'd imagine the support a student could get to involve a lot less condescension than going to the Genius Bar...

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And actually northern Michigan is dramatically under represented in the Apple Store area. I don't even know if there are any Apple dealers left in the area... Traverse City would be the obvious choice, as largest city...

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You can read all of the reviews in the world, but I like to actually get my hands on a new product and play with it a bit before shelling out big bucks.
Not to mention an idea on the dealer/vendor support available.
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