Apple store gets a hearty Philly welcome

Pickets at 1607 Walnut St.

Center City's first Apple store has not officially been announced for 1607 Walnut St., but demo work has started inside.

And so begins a rite of passage, one experienced by so many retailers:

Pickets have set up outside, alleging that the developer dared to hire nonunion workers, even though the rest of the job supposedly will be performed by union labor.

Perhaps instead of an inflatable rat, the unions will trot out a wireless mouse.