Apple’s newly opened retail outlets attracted 7,700 shoppers on opening day, and sold a combined total of $599,000 worth of merchandise, Apple claims.

The stores, located in Glendale, California, and McLean, Virginia, are the first of 25 stores the company is opening across the US in 2001.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, said: “We are blown away with the numbers. More importantly, customers have told us they love everything about the store - from the knowledgeable sales staff, to the Genius Bar, to the store’s design and unique approach to presenting digital-lifestyle solutions.”

More in store Observant Apple fans have also identified ten more (so far unannounced) locations for Apple’s future shops. Apple’s Web site carries job vacancies, and reader reports claim Apple is looking for staff in additional locations across the USA.

The ad, which aims to recruit Mac Geniuses, asks: "Does the thought of working for Apple make you tingle more than those three seconds right after a sneeze? If so, and you enjoy working with people as much as Macs, you might have what it takes to become a Mac Genius."

The job vacancies are in: Albany, New York; Columbus, Ohio; Germantown, Tennessee (a suburb of Memphis); Newport Beach, California; Plano, Texas; West Hartford, Connecticut; Buffalo, New York; and Tampa, Florida.

Apple has already announced the following outlets: Bloomington, Minnesota; Los Angeles, California (four stores); Palo Alto, California; Chicago, Illinois (multiple locations); Littleton, Colorado; and Hartford, Connecticut.