Apple will be hosting a grand reopening of its Regent Street store in London at 10AM BST tomorrow. The new look Regent Street, of which several images are now available on the web, looks more spacious and well-lit compared to its earlier look. Following its opening at 10AM tomorrow, it's new timings will be 10AM to 9PM on weekdays, 10AM to 8PM on Saturdays and noon to 6PM on Sundays.
“On Regent Street we preserved the incredible exterior facade while opening up the interior of the store to enhance the transparency and flood the space with natural light,” said Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. "By choosing materials sympathetic to the historic nature of the building, we’re able to modernize the space while remaining authentic to its surrounds.”
Following the reopening, the store will host a number of workshops where attendees will be trained on iPhone photography, sketching and drawing on iPads, basics of iPod and beginner tips on coding. As far as looks go, the store features Apple’s town square layout, including a central grand hall filled with trees surrounded by window displays that highlight the best in photography, music and more. The square’s theater, the Forum, hosts daily entertainment and learning events.
Images taken from above and from both directions reveal a lot of space for visitors to walk around the tables and try out new devices. The remodeled mezzanine features an open-plan layout and a double-height grand hall that brings in more natural light and transparency from the street.
In fact, the Regent Street store was Apple's first store in Europe and opened in 2004 and the team in-store has increased more than 500 percent since then. More than 60 million visitors have made a trip to the store and with the staff speaking over 30 languages, it is almost a tourist hub!