updated 03:15 pm EDT, Thu July 6, 2006
Apple ditches store plans
Apple has cancelled its plans for a store in Portland, Oregon after two designs were rejected by the community's Historic Landmarks Commission. According to the report, Apple had hoped to build a retail store at 437 N.W. 23rd Avenue, which is part of the city's historical Northwest District, which has an "historical image" that the city's tries to maintain. The commission reportedly rejected Apple's initial proposal to demolish the old structure and build a new structure similar in appearance to other Apple Stores -- with a stainless steel and glass facade. Apple's second storefront design, which dropped the company's trademark stainless steel fašade, also failed to receive the boards approval last month. Last Fall, Apple cancelled a store in Manhattan that was planned to be in the New York Flatirion historical district after similar problems arose; the store plan was moved to another area of the city. As of now there are no official plans for another location in Portland, according to the report.