Confirmation of Future Florida Coast Store

August 10, 2011

A local newspaper has confirmed that an Apple store will appear in the Southgate (Sarasota, Fla.) shopping mall, after operator Westfield Group moves two existing tenants to other locations to create a sufficiently large space. The Herald-Tribune says the relocation and new Apple store is part of a long-delayed, multi-phase expansion of the mall that would add 30 retailers. According to the newspaper, Westfield is moving the LensCrafter and GNC stores out of spaces #14 and #15, and into other spaces. Apple would then occupy the combined 42-foot wide space, giving it a 4,100 square-foot store. The store would fill in an area along Florida’s west coast south of Tampa that has no Apple stores. According to the newspaper, the store could open by December.

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