Apple’s store opening in Canberra on Saturday has caused controversy, with a clown parading outside the store handing out Target balloons and Radio Rental staff giving flyers to the queued public, following news that neighbouring Apple reseller Mac1 was closing its doors..
Australia’s 16th retail store and the first in Australia’s Capital, opened on Saturday with over a 1000 people walking through the doors in its first two hours of opening, according to The Canberra Times.
Current managed to get a photo of the clown and Radio Rental flyer, before the clown was escorted away by a security guard.
The Canberra opening came at the cost of a local reseller, Mac1, who closed its doors in the lead up to the Apple opening. Current reports that the Canberra Centre reseller was already struggling to compete with a neighbouring JB Hi-Fi store, and would likely fare worse after the new Apple Store opened its doors. Mac1 still holds an store on the nearby Australian National University campus.
The Canberra Apple store was the first of two Apple outlets to open over the weekend, with Perth opening its second store in Garden City on Saturday at 10am local time.
The store launches, along with the opening in Brisbane three weeks ago, brings Australia’s total Apple Store count to 17, with another confirmed for Melbourne’s North West. South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory are yet to open a store.