From BusinessWeek predicting
they wouldn't work to the New York Times writing a piece lauding Apple Stores
as 'community centers' for the neighborhoods in which they are situated. The article points out that Apple now makes 20% of its total revenue from Apple Stores (not too shabby), and highlights some of the unique features of the stores themselves: the architecture, the staff, and the general feel of the stores.
The article also points out that some other high profile technology company's brick and mortar stores aren't doing nearly as well as the Apple Stores.
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