It surprising to see this sign in Paris Le Louvre Apple Store ! This apple store is in a very specific place, it’s the Louvre! I’m wondering what happened… It closes after 9 years on 27 October, and the sign appears just after Tim Cooks meets arrived in France last week.
I’ve been to that store several times - once to upgrade my MBA to Lion as I was working at Disney at the time and the Wi-fi in my apartment there was not up to downloading the installer! While the store was always crowded I got the impression it was mostly tourists looking for free Wi-Fi rather than customers - perhaps that really was the case?
This was announced the beginning of the month. I think I heard it was due to rent increases, but I can’t remember where I heard (or maybe I dreamt it ) so it could have been a rumour and Apple are just moving to a bigger store.
I’m French and I have been to that store a few times, and I will tell you I will NOT regret it. I have never had a good experience there. The staff was harsh, you were not welcome to stay and work there while waiting for your Genius Bar appointment, I have been misled a few times concerning wait times. Started taking my business to Apple Store Opéra, which was providing the kind of service and welcome you expect from Apple.
There is indeed a new store opening on the Champs-Élysées. I hope it’s not the same staff, or that they get a good training session before moving there.
Interesting, I had that experience too with a member of staff getting very angry that I tried on the demo headphones that were out on display (over ear ones), I was told they were just for looking at - despite them being hooked up to iPod Touches
Well I have to say that it is not a bad thing and this store will not be missed. Getting there was always a challenge as you had to navigate through very dense groups of tourists.
I went to the new Champs Elysées store last week and it is very impressive ! Apple definitely is a leader in terms of retail. I had an appointment at the Genius Bar there and even though the place was packed, everything went very well and the staff was friendly as you would expect.