What you need to know
- Apple Waterside Shops in Naples, Florida will have its grand reopening on August 24th
- The store has been closed for renovations since September 2018
- New additions to the store include a forum, expanded seating, and a video wall
Apple customers in Naples, Florida are about to get their Apple Store back. Reported by 9to5Mac, Apple Waterside Shops closed its doors back in September 2018 to completely rebuild and expand the store which was made possible by the closure of a Talbots adjacent to the location. The store, which had originally opened in 2007 before the launch of the iPhone, had outgrown its space and was due for an update.
The grand reopening of Waterside Shops is set for August 24th at 10:00 AM EST, almost exactly a year since the store originally closed its doors for the renovation. The new store will apparently take on similar modern design attributes as other newer locations like Apple Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, but the renovation goes event further. In addition to the complete redesign, the increase in footprint will allow Apple include a forum, expanded seating for customers, and a video wall to host Today at Apple, the company's in-store program that provides free lessons in photography, video, music, coding, art, and more.
Apple has been on a massive persuit to modernize its stores to its new design philosophy. Dubbed "town squares", many of the new stores pride themselves on providing spaces for the public, forums with more seating for customers, and expanded in-store programs from Today at Apple. From movie screenings, live concerts, and photo walks, the Apple Store is evolving and growing in more ways than just square footage.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.