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Rumored Houston Retail Store Grand Opening Sparks Speculation of iPad 3 Launch on March 16

The Houston Chronicle reports that Apple's forthcoming Highland Village retail store will be opening on Friday, March 16. According to the report's source, the store was originally scheduled to open in January, but delays in the construction schedule pushed the opening back to Saturday, March 17. But just weeks ago the opening was bumped up by a day to March 16, sparking speculation that the company is seeking to have the store open for an iPad 3 launch on that day.
The store, located in the Highland Village Shopping center at Westheimer and Drexel , was originally supposed to open in January, according to the source, but was delayed. March 17 was originally set as the new opening date, but the source said it was moved to the 16th a few weeks ago.
Apple retail store grand openings for the public typically take place on Saturdays, although they are occasionally held on different days of the week when special circumstances dictate.

An iPad 3 launch on March 16 would line up nicely with Apple's media event scheduled for next Wednesday, March 7, putting the launch nine days after the event. The exact same timing occurred last year with the iPad 2 being introduced on March 2 and debuting at 5:00 PM local time on March 11. Pre-orders were not available for the iPad 2, leaving those looking to get their hands on the device as soon as possible to line up for the limited launch stock.


Photo by Dwight Silverman / Houston Chronicle

The Highland Village store is among the first of Apple's retail stores to be based on a prototype design from the company's Upper West Side store in Manhattan. Similar designs are in the works in Santa Monica and Palo Alto. Utilizing an all-glass roof and entrances at front and back, the Highland Village store will be the first of the Houston area's seven Apple retail stores to be located outside of a shopping mall.

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31 months ago
Maybe I misread it. But if I am understanding this correctly, people think the iPad 3 is coming out on March 16th because ONE store launch date got moved from the 17th to 16th?

o_O
Rating: 15 Votes
31 months ago
A brand new store with a brand new staff, and Apple wants to dump a new product release on them the first day?

Glad I don't work for Apple.
Rating: 15 Votes
31 months ago
This is a hilarious story.

Yes... Apple is waiting for ONE store. In Houston. Yeah. Hold on world, investors, Wall Street, employees, Chinese manufacturers: we have to wait for someone to install wood floors in Houston.
Rating: 13 Votes
31 months ago
I work 5 minutes from this new store!!!:D

Go Houston TEXANS!!
Rating: 12 Votes
31 months ago


So we had better be sitting in front of the screen midnight March 9th because these are gonna go fast.


Apple could release a pencil sharpener and there would be a line outside every Apple Store...

...good lord, what has Apple turned us all into?? :o
Rating: 11 Votes
31 months ago
As an architecture student I find the apple store extremely well designed
Rating: 8 Votes
31 months ago
Could we have more "rumors" stories on Apple store openings, please. I just can't get enough.

And no, the opening date of this one store has nothing to do with the iPad3 availability date.
Rating: 8 Votes
31 months ago

Apple could release a pencil sharpener and there would be a line outside every Apple Store...

...good lord, what has Apple turned us all into?? :o


And people would start using pencils again ... saying they are so "Retina" :D
Rating: 7 Votes
31 months ago
I think this a clue that a 16" iPad is coming out
Rating: 7 Votes
31 months ago

This is a hilarious story.

Yes... Apple is waiting for ONE store. In Houston. Yeah. Hold on world, investors, Wall Street, employees, Chinese manufacturers: we have to wait for someone to install wood floors in Houston.


This is about them moving the store's opening date, not changing the launch date for this store.
Rating: 6 Votes

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