But someone called Luv Letter who flew to central China just for the opening was disappointed.
From Malcom Owen’s “Crowds flock to opening of Changsha Apple Store” posted Saturday on Apple Insider:
The opening of a new Apple Store in Changsha, China has been attended by a large crowd of people, lining up in queues to gain access to the retail outlet for the first time…
“We are thrilled to be opening in Changsha, a community filled with creativity and profound cultural heritage,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of Retail + People. “So many of our team members already call Hunan province home, and they are ready to welcome and support their neighborhood at Apple Changsha.”
Luv Letter’s first-hand report had a very different flavor:
Some people say that buildings such as Apple Store and Apple Park are also Apple products. Unfortunately, compared to the reopening of Sanlitun [in Beijing], the design of Changsha Apple is full of compromises.
For example, the Changsha City Fire Department and IFS have been wrestling with the design problems of the first and second floors for many years. As a result, under the increasing traffic of Changsha Wuyi Square, they chose to compromise to a single-story design. The irony is that the [queue] on the day of opening [stretched] until two or three in the afternoon.
Cue Luv Letter’s video: