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Heavy traffic may force Apple to relocate UK store

updated 11:50 am EDT, Fri July 2, 2010

Company seeking more floor space

Apple is reportedly planning to relocate one of its UK stores to a different location in the Manchester area. The move is said to be motivated by heavy foot traffic that has exceeded the intended capacity of current buildings.

Real estate sources claim Apple had been in talks with leasing agents to establish a presence in a larger spot at the Trafford Centre or Manchester Arndale shopping centers, both home to existing Apple Stores, however the company failed to find an open spot that fits their needs, according to an ifoAppleStore report.

The most likely candidate is said to be a 26,000 square-foot segment on New Cathedral Street in the center of Manchester, in a building that will soon be vacated by a furniture company. The space reportedly features an all-glass storefront.

The sources suggest that Apple has yet to sign a lease to finalize the move.




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  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Let's see how the analysts can turn this

    into a negative. Due to unforeseen high amounts of traffic Apple has hurt its branding because consumers that can't get into the Apple store will be disappointed and go elsewhere for electronic devices and computers.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Never heard of something like this before...

    What a unique problem to have.

    But then Apple is going under any day now so it will be a moot point. (sarcasm)

  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Don't move it

    Don't relocate the store, open another one *in addition to* the existing one. Who's to say the traffic at the new location will match that of the current store? Could be a mistake to close a store which has clearly proven successful.

    BTW, we're still waiting for one in Edinburgh - it's only Scotland's capital city, guys. Come on!

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