- 10-18-2012, 02:58 PM #1
So we finally have our pop-up store opening here in Toronto, ON at the Eaton Centre. I caught a glimpse of it on the walk home the other day.
Does anyone know if these will have staff now or not until the 26th? I'd like to try to do a walk in pre-order on Surface if possible. I really don't know what to expect on the 26th. I'm paranoid that they'll have no stock to begin with due to shortages, or only a limited amount which will sell out before they open or if I should be safe with just walking in after work around 6pm.
I'd also like to ask them if they expect to carry unlocked Windows 8 phones..
Anyone have any info on these?
- 10-18-2012, 04:19 PM #5
Saw one at the Beachwood,OH location and it was staffed with one person. She was happy but a bit bored. Gave me a handout.
Looking at the setup, I hope they have security there as it would seem rather easy to grab and go. I am also assuming that they take their inventory with them each night. Those setups with $500+ items don't look secure
- 10-18-2012, 05:05 PM #7
I don't think they have the Surface to sell.. Maybe have them on display to play with at most. Wondering if they'll take pre-orders though..
I'll be passing one on my way home today, I'll take a look at what's going on.
- 10-18-2012, 06:12 PM #9
Stopped by the store. No live units around even for display. They had a laptop running Windows 8 to show off.
I asked if I could pre-order but they said I could only pre-order online. I said I wanted one for the 26th and they asked if I could be there before 12. I said possibly. So he gave me a pass/brochure for line by pass on the 26th to grab a Surface. They also didn't expect to have any stock issues and planned to have the covers available in various colors.
- 10-18-2012, 09:08 PM #11
I dont get a pop up store but grand opening in Cincinnati is only like a week later than launch on November 8th. I think I will head over.
Apple store was half the mall away. When MS store put up its outer wall to start construction Apple store magically shut down for renovations and opened a "temporary" location RIGHT next door. I think apple may be a tiny bit scared, but that is probably just being a bit too optimistic. I peaked in the old apple location and they were doing renovations. Tried to peak into the MS store but their door was locked.
- 10-19-2012, 10:38 AM #14
- 10-19-2012, 10:45 AM #15
The one in San Antonio (North Star Mall) opens in Oct. 26. I'll have to check it out. I've been to the store in Austin, but it wasn't very busy. I think MS isn't "hip" enough for Austin.
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- 10-19-2012, 01:28 PM #17
- 10-25-2012, 01:51 PM #18
Just to reiterate on Vallos' point, it does seem to be that there will be multiple MS pop-up stores appearing. The store I work in will have one set up for tomorrow's launch.
I also dropped by the pop-up store in Columbus Circle here in NYC. Lots of people were passing by, although not very many actually stopped. I had a good discussion with one of the people at the kiosk about the features of Windows RT and the Surface tablet. No WP8 in sight just yet though.