Apple Store opening in Trafford Centre!

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Thats right, all you northern folk are going to see a new Apple store opening in the Trafford Centre. though its probably already been said today.
me and my sister had just broken away from my mum, and just near Selfridges (IIRC) is a lovely new shop with a lovely white Apple logo. its brilliant really, first Apple shop i've seen! do they all have the same styling? no shop title, just the logo?

anyone have an idea of when this is opening? it seems complete, i could see through the shutters that everything is there and they appear to be training staff.

I'm falling in love with the Trafford Centre. first they get Selfridges, my personal favourite shop ever. Then John Lewis (another Mac lover) and now this! all in a shopping centre bigger than my village!
 

russed

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that is really good. all we have up north is the rubbish apple center in leeds that is basically just pants! also it will be nice to be able to get my powerbook repaired! the combo drive is dodgy and i hardly use it enough to get around to send it off!
 

iGav

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russed said:
the combo drive is dodgy and i hardly use it enough to get around to send it off!
But you're willing to do a cross-Pennines dash to Manchester, drop it off, drive back to Skipton then repeat the exercise a week later when it's ready??? :eek: :p :p
 

Miner Willy

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Apple in Leeds

iGav, I guess you've never had to venture into the store in Leeds, pants you may as well talk to an assistant in PC World IMHO and I work in Leeds. :rolleyes:

I'd go across the border anyday.
But if you want good service I'd try Hi Tec(h?) Bradford.
 

johnnyjibbs

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This is good news. The more Apple shops the better. I haven't had a chance to get to the Bluewater one yet but I usually pop into Regent Street whenever I'm in London. In answer to the original poster's question, yes, the Apple logo is displayed as the shop name - there is no text. I like this and it's great.

Each shop is essentially the same and has the same sort of stuff but the size and outside style varies with each. The London store, for example, is in a grand building and is on two floors, while the San Francisco store on Market Street is in a modern metal box with a huge Apple logo on the side. They all essentially have the same layout inside though. :cool:
 

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Thing is the Trafford Centre one is quite small, or the size of an average high street shop. no 2 floors or anything :(
Now John Lewis. theres an epic shop. if anyone has seen the new one at the Trafford Centre. its just big :eek:
 

Applespider

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Thing is the Trafford Centre one is quite small, or the size of an average high street shop. no 2 floors or anything :(
Now John Lewis. theres an epic shop. if anyone has seen the new one at the Trafford Centre. its just big :eek:
IIRC, it's only the flagship stores that are on more than one level. The rest are surprisingly small - one medium-size unit in an mall. Aside from the demo theatres in the big ones, the smaller ones don't miss much. Btw, ifoapplestore suggests that it was supposed to open this weekend but a problem with a fibre optic cable means that it's been delayed to 19 Nov.

The John Lewis in Trafford is one of the smallest ones they own (tho being new, it's also nicely kitted out) ;) . They've only got part of their assortment in there and things like their electrical/tv demonstration departments are much smaller than other stores.
 

AlBDamned

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Seems to be taking a while to complete though. This link was posted ages ago with pictures.

Seems Apple have gone classy and ducked in between Dolcis and Clinton Cards. :eek:

Edit: I don't know why my Avatar is still Feakbeaks. I haven't posted for a while and I turned that program off ages ago.

Edit: sorted. The duck returns.
 

iGav

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Miner Willy said:
pants you may as well talk to an assistant in PC World IMHO and I work in Leeds. :rolleyes:
Sounds like the Mac 'Geniuses' (I use the term loosely) I've encountered, many of which seemingly don't know their arse from the elbows.
 

rose red

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I predict that the Trafford Centre store will be so busy that within a couple of years there will be another one in the city centre. Apple got this one wrong, Manchester city centre is just right for a large store.
 

Subliving

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Jaffa Cake said:
In a similar vein – how far away are we from the Meadowhall Apple Store opening? It'll be nice to have one on the right side of the Pennines... ;)
Completely agree, though it'd be nice to see one in Leeds city centre. I think Bridgewater Place would be a good place to site it, or if they ever get built, Criterion Place. Or maybe somewhere in the Victoria Quarter. An Apple Store would fit in there quite nicely.

Subliving
 

bexster

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Well...its open!!
The trafford centre store was open today for a 'soft' opening, although its grand opening will be on saturday 26th still!
 

rose red

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I got my invite to the Manchester opening

Along with a million others, so it is official now. I don't think I'll go to the opening day at the Trafford Centre on saturday. It will be so busy, I'll probably have a look in during the week sometime, unless its closed because the hordes have walked out with all the stock, paid for of course. Opening hours 9am to 11pm first day. Is this where all the uk shipments have gone?
 

Mac Newbie

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I'll be going for a browse tomorrow!

Although the Trafford Centre is a little far out from the City Centre, there is an authorised Apple Centre in Manchester near Picadilly train station.

Me and my family have been using this for a couple of years. Staff are very well trained up and they have Apple service engineers. Anyone else been here?

The sites pretty soft and the images are out of date. I think this place'll give the store a run for its money as far as daily attendances go. It's usually very busy.

www.applecentremanchester.co.uk
 

RichardKatano

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hey guys, im posting this from the apple store in the trafford centre! This place is amazing, i got here at half three and havent left the store yet. I seriously recommend everybody to come down tomorrow, first 1000 people to get here get a free tshirt! this store has everything to do with apple, i havent been in a store like it before, just the apple centre in leeds.

go now!!!
 

rose red

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Manchester Apple Centre

Yes, Apple sent me there to get my computer repaired, but thanks to their advice I got back to Apple and ended up getting a replacement iBook.

The location, on a mini industrial estate, is not the sort of place for casual browsing. It means a special trip. An Apple Store in a shopping area is the place that I think people expect to buy a computer. The AppleCentre would be more for business users, repairs and established customers. Now that I know them I would probably buy from them in the future, but just for looking and trying out I would visit the Apple Store. On the other hand, I do love the experience of waiting for a BTO direct from Apple, after two computers from China I'm sort of hooked.
 

RichardKatano

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the grand opening of the store is tomorrow. Ive just got back from the trafford, the store was moderately busy but not packed. The staff are wonderful and very funny and always happy to talk about absolutely anything! There were about 10 staff in so the store is well staffed. No there wasnt any goodie bags but there maybe tomorrow, i dont know