Western Australia—The Store Is Arriving

by Gary Allen on June 21, 2010

The residents of Perth (Australia) have felt left-out and lonely for years, but their yearning for an Apple retail store will end this Saturday at 9 a.m. when the Perth City store opens on Hay Street in the central business district. A pastry shop moved out of the historic building last year, and Apple gutted the interior but retained the quaint façade, built a modern two-level, steel building behind it, and installed a standard store inside. Passersby will be protected by a stainless steel awning, and can marvel at the unusual window pane pattern, intricate plaster detailing, and huge cornice work at the roof line. Trivia: The rebuilding project also included a bar and office space behind the Apple store, off Wolf Lane—check it out.

Behind the Apple store on Wolf Lane, there is a second building that was intended to be a bar and office spaces. This rendering by Baltinas Architecture shows what it looks like.

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Mike Kaufmann June 22, 2010 at 0714

What a beautiful facade! Famous for communicating with the US Astronauts, the Perthians will now have the latest gadgets! That is what I call a beautiful Historic Storefront. Georgetown city planners take note! This is a storefront worth saving!


Gary June 22, 2010 at 2323

Haven’t seen any sign that Apple will give out T-shirts for the iPhone 4 event. Only for store grand openings.


highlander June 23, 2010 at 0753

What’s an indication of T-shirts? Staff wearing them on Launch Day?


BartBart June 27, 2010 at 0411

Any news on what the upstairs area will be use for?


Gary June 27, 2010 at 0632

Looks like the retail space extends to nearly the back of the building structure, so Genius Room, offices and stock storage are probably upstairs.


Specialist August 18, 2012 at 0619

If you want to know, the basement of this store used to be a bait and tackle shop, and is now the back of house and staff break room. The upstairs of the building was recently acquired by Apple and is currently being used for training.


Gary Allen August 20, 2012 at 2226

Does “training” mean public training or employee training?


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