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06-13-2014, 11:31 AM #1
Apple Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts Joins Other Executives at Omotesando Grand Opening
Apple SVP of Retail Angela Ahrendts recently made her first official public appearance as an Apple executive at the grand opening of the company’s newest retail outlet in Japan, posing for pictures with Apple fans and customers who made it down for the event. A slew of people lined up to get into the Omotesando Apple Store in Tokyo wen its doors opened recently, a rare sight for the upscale shopping avenue, while passerbys peaked through the all-glass front façade and side walls to catch a glimpse of what was going on inside.
Aside from Ahrendts, Mac Otakara noted other Apple executives in attendance including Retail Real Estate and Development Vice President Bob Bridger, Worldwide Apple Retail International Sales VP Steve Cano and Online Stores VPs Jennifer Bailey and Bob Kupbens.
Apple store employees handed out free commemorative T-shirts with the green leafy Apple logo seen on the store’s barricades during construction, as per the usual. The workers started removing the protective barriers earlier in the week, offering the first look at Apple’s latest creation. For those of you who didn’t know, the box-like building shares an architectural design language with other recently built Apple Stores, boasting three all-glass walls and a metal roof with overhang. Apple first showed off the design in the new “Stanford 2” location that opened last September.
Unique to the Omotesando outlet is a so-called “green curtain” of foliage that drapes the concrete rear wall. The leaves are said to shield the structure from direct sunlight during peak hours, cutting down on energy costs associated with cooling down the store’s interior. With real estate on Omotesando at a premium, Apple installed a metal-and-glass spiral staircase leading down to an underground level with extra display floor space, the Genius Bar and accessory racks.
Source: Mac Otakara
06-13-2014, 11:59 AM #2
What is that round cardboard looking thing with a face in the middle of it right behind Angela's head?
06-13-2014, 02:59 PM #3
06-13-2014, 04:10 PM #4