Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Where Apple's Go to Die

I passed by an old Apple Store today. I used to pass by this store back when I was still in highschool. I used to admire the macs they had on display and always beg my parents to buy me one.. which they never did. Surprisingly the store hasn't changed much. It was freaky checking out the place from the outside. It's as if the shop was stuck in its own time-zone. The shop seems to have been closed ages ago. A thick layer of dust sits on top of everything. What struck me the most though were the "Think Different" banners. They're gorgeous and seeing them in the store window gathering dust and being unappreciated pissed me off. The place felt like a graveyard. In a way it was, the rainbow logo, the beige machines, the old Think Different banners, the Garamond typeface, etc. That's the Apple that existed when I first started using Macs, and its all gone now. On a brighter note, I read that an Official Apple Store will be opening in March here in Kuwait. That should prove to be interesting. More pictures here


Blogger Matty said...

I wonder if Apple actually owned the store. It's really strange that none of the inventory has been cleaned out. Do you have an explanation for what happened to it?

The type of inventory that remains, combined with the Think Different ad campaign, puts the closing of this store around 1998 (or thereabouts). It seems odd to me that this place wasn't robbed of almost everything by now.

11:47 PM, January 19, 2005  
Blogger carnagex2000 said...

I love the shots, I would love to get a hold of the originals to print out for my wall. The photos are almost erie. Cant wait to see what the new Apple store will look like there. Great Job!

2:18 AM, January 20, 2005  
Blogger Howard Wright said...

Nice photos! Yes it is strange to see the software still in plastic wrap. Amazing how it's mostly worthless by now. Do you see many Mac's in use in the country?

I had the same idea earlier this month of taking a photo a day but didn't follow through. Good luck keeping it up!

Grand Rapids, Michigan USA

6:01 AM, January 20, 2005  
Blogger Janne Granström said...

hmm.. can you go and investigate what really happening there.. like call the house owner or something.. i bet somebody there can explain what happens,why and when..

Please we need answers ;)

6:47 PM, January 20, 2005  
Blogger radioflux said...

B-but, this image shows a G4 Quicksilver promotional poster in the background. According to the Quicksilver was announced in July 2001. Which would extend this store's lifetime to well within the 3rd millennium...

7:16 PM, January 22, 2005  
Blogger okoku said...

These are really deep photos....REAL DEEP, so that make me think of what's going on around the world... I did not even know where Kuwait was up until just moment ago and now I do because of Apple Computer and your pics.
Yesterday a new Apple store was opend in my country and there were like 2000 people in line before its official opening in this cold winter. Then your photos.... I think I want to show these pics to those in lines... Can I use your photos for my blog? I want to put yours and pics from those in line.

10:34 AM, January 23, 2005  
Blogger jojo said...

Hi all ..

An official Apple Store just opened a couple of days back at Gallaria 2000 Shopping Center .. they have a lot of nice things .. next week they will be offering the first mac mini in Kuwait!!! WOW!!!

10:55 PM, February 20, 2005  
Blogger Mark said...

ummm, no, the first mac mini will arrive in Kuwait tomorrow via Aramex. My friend ordered one the night they got released. :)

11:02 PM, February 20, 2005  
Blogger gopi said...

I used to work at this shop in 1995 or so. The shop didn't look any different when I used to work there. It's right across the road from the Meridien hotel, with lots of expensive designer shops in the ground floor and such.

1:00 AM, February 26, 2005  
Blogger Zaina said...

theres also another apple reseller , IOC , thats where I got my powerbook . really small store but with alot to offer.

3:56 PM, July 25, 2005  

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