Visitors to The Passage shopping arcade in The Hague (The Netherlands) have enjoyed a decorated fir tree under the rotunda each Christmas for decades, just outside the Selexyz bookstore. But now that tradition will end after Apple has reportedly signed a retail lease on the three-level bookstore space, an agreement that requires an end to the tree tradition so visitors will have full visibility of the Apple storefront. As first reported by iPhoneClub.nl, Apple will occupy about 18,800 square-feet on the basement, ground and upper levels of the bookstore. The store will also occupy some portion of the adjacent retail stores, the sources said. The historic, city-center mall dates to 1885 and includes several international retailers and an upscale hotel. More interestingly, the mall is also home to Amac, a 21-location Apple Premium Reseller whose store is about 175 feet away from the future Apple store. Construction on the store cannot begin until the bookstore vacates the space, putting a grand opening in fall 2013.
Read more information about The Passage, including photos of the mall’s storefronts. Also view an interactive, 360° panoramic photo of the mall’s rotunda and the bookstore.