updated 10:45 am EDT, Thu April 17, 2008
First Maine Apple Store
Apple is planning to open its first retail store in Maine this year, the Portland Press Herald reports. The newspaper observes that Apple's official job listings mention a location in the Maine Mall, and listings on Monster.com refer to openings for artists, store managers, sales representatives and inventory specialists. An Apple spokeswoman has refused to confirm either half of the equation, but has not denied any claims either.
The opening of a Maine store could potentially disrupt existing Mac resellers such as Best Buy, and more importantly smaller business, who are more economically fragile and for whom Apple-related income can be central.
It is meanwhile rumored that Apple may be interested in yet another New York City location, either at 15 Broad Street, or 23 Wall Street, not far from the New York Stock Exchange. 15 Broad is already known to have been bought by a company for $18.6 million, but the buyer is being kept anonymous, and fashion outlet Barney's is said to be competing for the same storefronts.
Finally, the Third Street Promenade location in southern California is being expanded from its current single-story size, in order to include a basement for inventory and repairs, a second floor for training and the Genius Bar, and a glass staircase similar to that in Apple's flagship stores. Construction should last a year, and it is rumored that the store will close entirely while work is being finished.