Construction will begun next month on another retail store in Italy, to be located in city-center Bologna, just 40 miles away from the quarry where Apple’s stone floors are cut from reserved layers of pietra serena sandstone. According to La Repubblica, the two-level, 5,300 square-foot store will be located in the former Stephanel clothing store at Via Francesco Rizzoli 16, with a third level of Apple offices and meeting rooms. The on-line story also reveals details of the family-owned Il Casone stone quarry, the exclusive provider of stone for Apple’s stores, just 38 miles south in the small town of Firenzuola. Il Casone president Alberto Bartolomei confirmed long-standing reports that several layers of rock at his quarry are reserved just for Apple’s needs. The quarry employs about 50 workers, and Bartolomei said 2009 revenues totaled $16.8 million, with about 20 percent from sales to Apple. Bartolomei told the reporter the store could open by spring 2011. View the Google StreetView photo of the building.
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