The opening of Apple's first retail store didn't go unnoticed as anxious shoppers packed the hallways to witness the event.
"It was quite an event, with about three or four hundred people in line," one MacCentral reader and forum poster known as MattWin2k said of the opening. "One of the guys next to me in line was from South Carolina who drove up just for this."
He wasn't the only MacCentral reader on hand for the opening. Another reader and forum poster known as six.of.one was also there. "It's been 1.5 hours after the opening and there's STILL a line!" he said.
Lawrence Singleton sent us his observations of today's Apple store opening. "The line to get in the store started at the entrance to the Apple store, went about fifty feet in one direction, and then looped around and headed the other way in the mall. It went past the LL Bean store to Bloomingdale's at the end of the mall, then turned right and went to a side entrance into the mall, and out the door for approximately 30 feet.
"I am not expert at estimated the size of a crowd, but there surely were many more than the 400 people in line your story suggests."
Some readers have asked if the mall has seen crowds like this before -- according to Lawrence: "I have lived in this area for 17 years, and I don't know how many times I've visited Tysons Corner Center. I've never seen anything like this, here or at any mall for that matter."
MacCentral will have more coverage from the Apple store openings later today.
This story, "Apple store opens to large crowd in VA" was originally published by PCWorld.