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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MacFan457 August 11, 2011 at 1218

I live in Florida, and it’s great to see that Florida is getting some more attention. Sarasota is a really busy area so a store there is bound to do well. Another location in Florida that would be great for an Apple Store is The Shops at Pembroke Gardens; since it’s a high end outdoor mall, I would imagine it could look similar to the one in Estero, FL (Coconut Point) if it was built there.

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tonyzhao1984 August 12, 2011 at 0742

Somebody told me that the thrid apple store will open on next Friday on Aug 19th.
Do you have some internal imformation about this?

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Gary Allen August 12, 2011 at 1330

I don’t have any Florida locations on my list of future stores opening this year. Where could it be?

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