updated 03:59 pm EDT, Mon August 20, 2012
Nova Scotia store is now easternmost in North America
Apple opened three retail stores in Canada over the weekend, with celebrations in Halifax for the first Apple store in Nova Scotia, complemented with the opening of a new store in British Columbia, as well as a re-opening for an expanded store in Calgary. The new Coquitlam store, not far from Burnaby and Port Moody, is in a northeastern suburb outside the Vancouver area.
The store in Halifax is some 350 miles further east than the previous easternmost store in Maine, and was a surprising choice for Apple given the relatively small population of Halifax, which serves as the capital of the small province. The city has a population of about 390,000, with the rest of province having only around 921,000. The store is near enough to the southernmost part of New Brunswick and also to Prince Edward Island -- neither of which have Apple Stores -- that it may help pull visitors from those provinces to visit.
Halifax is helped by a relatively robust economy, with an average per capita income of $54,000 boosted by eastern military centers and tourism, as well as a strong traditional fishing industry. The store was rumored for months prior to opening, with the Halifax Shopping Centre undergoing significant renovations in the area of the store to accommodate both the design and electrical demands of the Apple store. The shop is roughly 7,000 square feet and offers a deep, rectangular design as seen in many other outlets. It is located next to the Sears store.
The Coquitlam store is ideally placed to serve shoppers in Vancouver's furthest suburbs, and is expected to pull customers from the nearby Port Coquitlam, as well as Maple Ridge and Port Moody. The store is located in the Coquitlam Centre, at the intersection of Barnet Highway and Lougheed Highway 7. It is centrally located on the upper level opposite Aritzia.
The Calgary store grand re-opening celebrated the expansion and relocation of its store at Market Mall, one of two stores in the city. The new space features a 77-foot wide opening, an increase in overall floor space up to nearly 7,300 square feet and is now located at the opposite end of the mall from its former, older-design location.
Specialist site iPhoneinCanada reports long lineups at both store openings, with the first 1,000 visitors to each receiving a free commemorative t-shirt. The site reported that a temporary power outage delayed the 9:30 a.m. scheduled opening slightly but did not dampen enthusiasm.
Below are pictures and video of the openings at both the new Halifax and Coquitlam stores. A fourth store is expected to open in London, Ontario later this year.
Opening of Halifax store
Opening of Coquitlam store