updated 06:20 pm EDT, Wed August 15, 2007
Apple retail burglary
Many of Apple's retail stores are undergoing major renovations, construction on the new Boston store is progressing nicely, the company has promised to bring a new store to San Antonio, and burglars managed to make off with a load of stolen loot from a store in Missouri. The Country Club Plaza Apple Store in Kansas City, Missouri, was burglarized at around 3:38 a.m. Monday morning. Suspects reportedly broke the store's front window and made off with $17,000 worth of products which included eight notebooks, three iPods, and two iPhones. Local police are examining surveillance footage collected from the store, according to ifoAppleStore.com.
Apple is planning more renovations in the coming weeks by switching floor plans and upgrading interiors to reflect the company's latest design plans. The Village Pointe store in Omaha, Nebraska is scheduled to close from August 20-24th for a floor plan change, as is the Ridgedale store in Minnetonka, Minnesota and the Burlingame store in Northern California. Renovations will include removing the rear sales counter and replacing it with a Genius Bar, as well as erecting display counters where the former Genius Bar resided.
Apple's Boylston Street Boston store is beginning to take shape after six months of construction, and ifoAppleStore.com is posting time-lapse movies from its Web cam as it records construction progress. The cam reveals the pouring of exterior concrete walls, as well as the installation of reinforcing steel for the interior walls of the future retail outlet.
The Cupertino-based company has also revealed that it plans to build a second Apple store in San Antonio, Texas. The company selected a location at the super-regional North Star Mall on the north side of the city, roughly 10 miles from the existing La Cantera store.