Australia Store Confirmed, Located

February 7, 2007

An Apple spokesman has confirmed that the company has submitted architectural plans to the city of Sydney (Australia) for a retail store. It would be the first store in the country, and the first in the Asian Pacific region outside Japan. Spokesman John Marx would not disclose the location of the store, saying only that Apple is working to have the store’s architectural plans approved. However, tipsters have identified 367 George Street in the central business district as the location of the future store. The 14-story corner building was formerly occupied by a Westpac bank branch on the ground floor and offices above. If approved, Apple would perform an $11 million renovation that will make space for a retail store on the first three levels. The building is about one mile from the famous Sydney Opera House, and has an all-glass façade that is reminescent of Apple’s Fifth Avenue cube, or the future Bolyston Street store in Boston.

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