AT&T in NYC: Opening Up Orange

The first thing that strikes you as you walk into AT&T's latest store of the future on 57th Street in New York is just how orange everything is. It's just one of the new aspects of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s attempt to redesign its stores to draw customers in and get them to do more than just buy a smartphone.

"It's our brand," Steve Hodges, AT&T's Northeast regional president, told us. Customers need only see an orange awning to recognize an AT&T store.

Rather than the boxy city stores that are common these days, AT&T has tried to go with a "kitchen table" feel that encourages people to come in and try smartphones, tablets, and accessories and learn about service offerings. Hodges said getting rid of cash registers -- the operators use a mobile point-of-sale system -- and all the paper leaflets and bills has helped that open feel.

See what you think. Click the image below to start our slideshow on the new store format.

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Time to get your gadget nerd on.
Time to get your gadget nerd on.

Hodges said AT&T now has 13 stores nationwide based on the new template. He expects a few more to open in NYC next year.

The 57th Street store is now open -- just in time for the shopping hordes of Black Friday.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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DanJones 11/30/2013 | 10:27:27 PM
Re: Black Friday Also, just remembered that terrible band, Puddle of Mudd, and "Blood on the Table." So thanks for that!!!
DanJones 11/30/2013 | 10:20:02 PM
Re: Black Friday Would work with the orange theme though :-)

Maybe they had leftover turkey sandwiches for Black Friday?
DOShea 11/30/2013 | 10:12:20 PM
Re: Black Friday Yes, blood on AT&T's "kitchen table" would not be a pretty sight.
DanJones 11/29/2013 | 3:00:36 PM
Black Friday Was tempted to take a look how this was holiding up on Black Friday but all the tweets about fights at Wal_Mart gave me pause. :-)
DanJones 11/28/2013 | 6:30:46 PM
Re: Big Blue? Yeah, lord knows, mobile carriers need to win all the green points they can by going paperless since the phones are so much landfill.
milan03 11/28/2013 | 6:24:13 PM
Re: Big Blue? That's actually a good point
milan03 11/28/2013 | 6:23:56 PM
Re: Big Blue? Ah that's very exciting to see. Handheld registers are so much more efficient, customers can be taken care of anywhere on the sales floor.
DanJones 11/27/2013 | 6:29:16 PM
Re: Big Blue? Nah, Googlerola is a state of mind, people.
MordyK 11/27/2013 | 6:16:23 PM
Re: Big Blue? That it is!
Liz Greenberg 11/27/2013 | 4:09:35 PM
Re: Big Blue? Mordy, I believe a Googlerola is a barge on the SF Bay!  Current color...bland!
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