Saturday, March 28, 2015

ifo Apple Store Shuts Down

Gary Allen (via Peter Cohen):

After following Apple retail for 14 years, I’ve reached a happy ending, and am gracefully backing away from the crazy world of following the company and its stores. No more stories or analysis, or flying out to far-flung locations to join overnight crowds,waiting for the excitement of new store opening (NSO). I began this Web site as simply a way of celebrating the fun of grand openings and the close friendship of the people I met when I arrived in a new country or city.

Update (2015-10-15): Stephen Hackett:

Gary died on Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. I’ll miss Gary and his writing, and wish his wife, son and family all the best.

Michael S. Rosenwald:

Allen, a retired EMS dispatcher, traveled around the world — obsessively and expensively — to be among the first in line at the company’s new stores. He attended more than 140 openings, collecting all sorts of trivia. He could even tell you where Apple store tables are made (Utah; he stopped by the factory once to say thanks).

The history of Apple’s global conquest is stamped in Allen’s passport.

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