Gallery: Apple’s renovated Palo Alto store blends latest retail layout with classic design elements

Just a short drive from Cupertino, Apple’s store on University Avenue in Palo Alto, CA reopened today after closing in May for renovations. The freshly remodeled store provides a unique glimpse into a new retail upgrade format for Apple. 9to5Mac reader Brian King stopped by the new store to take some photos.

From the outside, Apple Palo Alto looks much the same as it did after relocating from a smaller store just down the street in October 2012. Floor to ceiling glass panels welcome customers through the store’s doors, where a massive, glowing Apple logo is suspended above. An arched glass roof runs the length of the store suspended by stone walls that border three of the building’s sides. When the store opened, it was referred to as a “prototype” for the future of Apple’s retail design.

The changes begin after stepping inside. Gone are the narrow product tables and metal shelving that were once built into the store’s walls. In their place are new fixtures that will look familiar to anyone who’s visited a modern Apple store recently. Wood shelving and displays known as Avenues now line the sales area. These displays change seasonly and highlight current areas of Apple’s interest. A splash of greenery provides a quieter place to sit for a moment.