Twenty-two years ago, Apple inaugurated its first-ever Apple Store in Washington, D.C., marking the beginning of a retail revolution. Fast forward to today, and the tech giant’s Tysons Corner Store is undergoing a major renovation and relocation. As per Michael Steeber’s Tabletops newsletter, patrons of the Tysons Corner Center have noticed a temporary wall near the plaza entrance to the mall that bears the following message:
“Tysons Corner was home to the first-ever Apple Store, which opened its doors 22 years ago. We’re excited to welcome you to this newly redesigned space soon. Thank you for being a part of our story. Here’s to the next chapter.”
Additionally, the wall features a reimagined classic Apple logo with the caption “A new chapter is coming soon.” Steeber believes that this project will be more than a mere refurbishment and that it holds significant importance as Tysons Corner was where it all began.
The exact timeline for this new chapter remains uncertain, but according to the mall’s website, the renovated Apple Store will occupy the space between the Nespresso and Victoria’s Secret stores.
The Tysons Corner Apple Store made its debut on May 19, 2001, and underwent a facelift a few years later that involved removing its distinct black facade with two Apple logos flanking each side of the store. One noteworthy aspect of the store’s history is a video by Steve Jobs, in which he gave a tour of the retail space, showcasing the Genius Bar, product displays, and other features.
Apple’s retail footprint has grown considerably since the debut of its first store in 2001. As of now, the company boasts over 500 stores worldwide, with the most recent additions being in India, as Apple continues to expand its global presence. In the United States, Apple has also revamped several older stores over the years, with one of the most noteworthy being The Grove store in Los Angeles. The Grove store underwent an impressive renovation that included relocation to the other side of the street, resulting in a stunning new look.