Last Apple Store with ‘The Studio’ relocating September 28 in Fukuoka, Japan

Just a little piece of Apple retail historical past is coming to an finish within the service of progress. On September 28 at 10:00 a.m., Apple Fukuoka will transfer to an expansive new storefront within walking distance of the present retailer. When the unique location closes, it’ll take with it the final of a retailer function Apple referred to as The Studio.

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Apple Fukuoka opened in Japan on December 3, 2005. At the time, Apple was within the midst of rolling out an extension of its Genius Bar expertise with a deal with artistic initiatives. Studio bars have been put in in new shops and added to present places starting with Apple Shadyside in Pittsburgh. The new service was featured when Apple Regent Street opened in 2004:

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Apple Fukuoka Tenjin opened with a round model of The Studio within the rear heart of the shop. The hypnotic logo with concentric circles was positioned between two LCD screens. Later on, Apple started merging the Genius Bar, Studio, and iPod Bar into one longer counter, and ultimately discontinued the function altogether.

Promotional electronic mail from Apple Fukuoka Tenjin’s grand opening.

The Studio lives on at present via a Today at Apple session referred to as Product Skills: Studio Hour, and at one lone bar in Fukuoka. While each different retailer location has been transformed through the years to take away its Studio branding, Apple Fukuoka has remained unchanged. The Studio now features as extra of an ad-hoc Genius Bar.

September 28 marks the grand reopening of Apple Fukuoka at a brand-new area within the Tenjin district. Apple has created a towering glass facade with its signature contemporary architecture. Two stone partitions working the depth of the shop are reduce to suit the angle of the road and bridged by a wedge of planked cover.

To have fun the brand new retailer, Apple has printed a enjoyable animated video on its store page, and like all new shops in Japan, created wallpapers in quite a lot of codecs for each system.

 

Earlier this month, Apple gave a tough timeline for the shop’s reopening at a preview of Apple Marunouchi in Tokyo. Fukuoka’s new retailer had been rumored for almost a yr as one of many many retail initiatives Apple had scheduled for Japan in 2019. One extra new retailer is promised to open earlier than the top of the yr.

On the identical day Apple Fukuoka strikes, Apple Shanghai iapm in China will reopen its floor stage with a brand new video wall and Forum. On September 27, Apple’s second retailer in Mexico, Apple Antara, opens its doorways.

If you attend a retailer opening, spot one thing attention-grabbing, or attend an excellent Today at Apple session, we’d love to see and share your photos. Follow 9to5Mac’s retail guide for in-depth protection of the newest Apple Store information.

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