Tipsters Say More Stores Moving, Expanding

August 12, 2011

As Apple rushes towards the holiday shopping season with new store openings, they have not slowed down their project to expand existing stores, including the Fashion Island (S. Calif.) and Park Meadows (Colo.) stores. Separate tipsters say that both stores will probably move into larger spaces within the malls, rather than expand into adjacent spaces. At Fashion Island, the 2001-vintage Apple store is shoehorned into a corner space next to Nike, making expansion difficult, and is constantly jammed. The store will reportedly close soon (next Thursday?) to make a move, but it’s not clear where. At Park Meadows, mall developer General Growth Properties has been searching within the mall for the past year to find a larger space for Apple. The former Borders bookstore space is too large (31,000 square-feet), but it might be subdivided for Apple. Over the past year Apple has expanded and moved several stores to provide space for an ever-increasing number of visitors.

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Marktrek August 12, 2011 at 1758

The original Park Meadows lease was signed at the time when Apple was looking at smaller stores. It opened with just one row of display tables, in other words, no room for iPads. A fast redesign put it at two rows of tables. As Apple does not seem to find any other suitable locations in the Denver metro area, despite no stores on the West or North side, this very desirable shopping center location needs to expand. They even refer to themselves as a retail resort. The former Borders is a great location but has open Western windows and a balcony. Imagine waiting for for your Genius Bar appointment with, “Would you like to sit outside?” An Apple store with all of those windows would be very different. Could Apple Think Different? But then right across from the existing location, Restoration Hardware closed. Space has already been given to a men’s hair salon and a Tesla motors showroom. Have you every seen a automobile show room inside a shopping mall? They are electric so no emissions. There is still a large space available but it borders an entrance way. The mall would prefer a retailer with plenty of doors. Apple would probably only want display windows. But if Apple is willing to go with a very different mall design, there are a couple of excellent possibilities here. Why limit unique locations to stand alone stores.

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InTheKnow August 13, 2011 at 0133

Fashion Island will be moving around the corner, located near a large, two-story Forever 21. They will also be opening on August 20th, and there will be no disruption in their daily operations. The original location will have its last day on August 19th. They will have the first Briefing Room on the West Coast, as The Americana at Brand does not contain one, despite it being initially reported here

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Gary August 13, 2011 at 0147

Thanks for the info on the location and about the Briefing Room—interesting!

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Gary Allen August 15, 2011 at 1433

P.S. – Exactly which space will the larger Apple store occupy there?

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MacFan457 August 15, 2011 at 1445

Hi, this is sort of irrelevant but was wondering if you knew which ISP the U.S. Apple Stores used. Their internet is blazing fast, and would be interested to know what [business class] ISP they use. Thanks.

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Taylor August 18, 2011 at 1808

Fashion island has it confirmed on the website.

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Sean August 15, 2011 at 0936

The store at Troy, MI closed for an expansion.

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