Down Under Apple Store Plans Are Up Again
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has rebooted its plans for a new retail location in Brisbane, Australia, after over three years of planning and construction, reports ifoAppleStore. The Apple Store will be located in the historic MacArthur Chambers building in downtown Brisbane. According to ifoAppleStore’s sources, the store could be open as soon as October.
Apple’s plans for this store first came to light in April of 2011, when the Cupertino-based company submitted a development application to the Brisbane City Council. The application included plans to incorporate the historic elements of the MacArthur Chambers building into an 18,000 square-foot retail space spread over ground and mezzanine levels.
However, last November, Apple abruptly decided to cancel the project in the first known “post-construction Apple store abandonment to become public, and the first high-profile store cancellation ever,” reports ifoAppleStore. No reason was ever discovered for the project’s cancellation, although it should be noted that the project was delayed after the main contractor declared bankruptcy in February 2012.