Photos: Galleria Dallas Apple Store celebrates grand opening

Apple’s latest retail store opened today. No, it’s not in the heart of a historic Italian plaza or nestled among a bamboo forest in Macau. It’s in Dallas, Texas, just steps from Interstate 635 and a 15 minute drive from downtown when traffic is clear. But with a history unlike any of the other 503 stores Apple operates worldwide, Apple Galleria Dallas is unique in its own way.

Galleria Dallas is a monolithic indoor shopping mall set amid the sprawl of northern Dallas. The postmodern exterior of the 1982 complex does little to indicate the iconic ice skating rink centered under a glass dome at the heart of the mall. One floor above the rink level, Apple has combined three separate tenant spaces to create one wide storefront consistent with the style of its other contemporary indoor mall locations across the U.S.

Bordered to the left and right by a Martin Lawrence art gallery and Michael Kors, Apple’s Galleria Dallas store will feel familiar to anyone who visited the now closed Willow Bend location 7 miles to the north in Plano. A tried-and-true combination of terrazzo flooring, polished walls, and a lightbox ceiling have been assembled behind black-framed pivot doors. Inside, a video wall and Forum for Today at Apple sessions is centered on the store’s wide back wall. There’s nothing out of the ordinary here, and that’s what makes the store so interesting. 

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