On Saturday, 19th May 2001, the “Bricks & Mortar” retail world changed forever - even if we didn’t know it back then.
On that date Apple opened its first stand alone store in Tyson’s Corner Shopping Mall in McLean, Virginia - near Washington D.C. They also opened a second store in the Glendale Galleries in Glendale, California, on that same day. Many believe that the stores were designed by Steve Jobs, but they weren’t - the stores were conceived by a Mr Ron Johnson.
Prior to Apple, Ron Johnson was the Vice President for Merchandising at Target Corporation. Steve Jobs hired him to develop the new stores for Apple, after he had instigated an innovative collaboration between American Architect, Michael Graves and Target in 1999, resulting in Graves designing “designer” kettles, toasters and small kitchen items - which transformed Target from