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||Posted: June 27, 2007, 9:01 am
|Quote (RichKoster @ June 26, 2007, 3:44 pm)|
|Beth, they have a large video screen on display and some posters, but you'll have to wait until 6 pm local time this Friday to touch it. Nothing "real" on display yet. FedEx delivers the first iPhones to stores nationwide this Friday between 4 pm and 5 pm local time (in each time zone).|
You should see all the many articles about this product via Google News Advanced Search, Marketwatch.com, etc. It has a mystique all it's own, just the product launch of this!
Get this: The nearest AT & T store to us is in a strip shopping center the shape of an L. The long part of the L is a closed bank branch and drive up, and a store front the bank used as a companion brokerage firm. Next in the middle is a Winn-Dixie regional supermarket chain, at the angle of the L is a Blockbuster Video. And "behind" Blockbuster is the AT & T store.
So Winn-Dixie as a regional supermarket chain is emerging out of bankruptcy and is trying to pump new life and new interest in it's stores.
So this local one got remodeled and updated, and now it's time for Grand Opening. Same week as the iPhone roll out. And the major festivities of this promotion are on Friday, same day as iPhone roll-out in the same shopping center.
Free prepared food sampling, starting at 11:30 am and you earn a free Winn-Dixie $5 gift card if you go to all the food stations and get samples. So already free food, and the promise later of $5 free groceries, while supplies of all of it lasts! ($5 with the way groceries are going up and up and up won't go far, that's true, but free is free.... )
But it gets better, if you like adult beverages: There will be a free beer and wine-tasting 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm, along with food sampling, along with live jazz music! (New Orleans metro area suburb.)
The culture of the iPhone roll out is that the local AT & T stores will close at 4:30 pm to reopen at 6 pm local time, at which time the iPhones start being sold (at 6 pm) .
Rich went in and quizzed this store.
They will have armed security guards at the opening, and will prevent anyone from lining up before 4 pm. Means you can "camp out" but maybe in your car in the parking lot, with is OK 'cause it's 90-degree heat with humidity and you can burn nearly $3/gallon gas (now about $2.83-$2.85/gallon around us) cranking the air conditioner up in some shade....
And while you wait you can get some nice free snacks and nice adult beverages at Winn-Dixie, a little live jazz music going on, nice party celebratory atmosphere going on....
Party on, Garth!
Two addresses away and "behind" the Blockbuster is a Popeye's Fried Chicken (buy chicken from there, have access to their restrooms ! ) Across a busy road, not really pedestrian-friendly to do this, is a daquiri bar, a well-known and loved Mexican restaurant (very good) an even better known Oriental restaurant (has been on "Great Chefs of New Orleans" show formerly on PBS), then along the road of where this strip shopping center is is a competing strip shopping center with Rouse's Supermarket (hot foods and excellent deli, specializing in Louisiana foods) and some food places in this shopping center including a Chinese take-out place with at least one dish from Singapore (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End). And a Starbucks.
So it's a comfy wait for the iPhone, more or less, if you don't want to do too much pedestrian walking on busy roads, at least you won't go hungry.