Apple Store Appears in Las Vegas Mall Rendering

September 19, 2012

The developer of a master-planned community in Las Vegas (Nev.) is rolling the dice, both hoping that the long-stalled project will succeed and that it will include an Apple retail store. In an announcement today, Howard Hughes Corp. said it has signed Macy’s to open a 180,000 square-foot anchor store at the Shops at Summerlin, northwest of the Vegas Strip. The developer also released a rendering of one section of the mall that clearly shows an Apple-like store, but without the usual back-lit Apple logo. The Summerlin project includes homes, schools, hotels, offices and other community elements that continue to expand since the project began in the early 1990s. But the retail portion of the project was forced to halt in 2008 when the economic downturn hit, with only structural steel completed. Today the developer said the project is once again a “go,” and the mall will open in 2014 with 125 shops and restaurants in an open-air format. Various developers have previously included Apple stores in their renderings, both real and speculative. In about half of those cases, the Apple stores turned out to be real.

A rendering of the mall released by the developer today shows a retail space with all the usual design features of an Apple store. The back-lit logo in the stainless steel storefront is the only missing element. Click on the photo for a larger view.

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