updated 09:45 am EDT, Mon June 20, 2011
New location appearing in Sydney
As part of a continuing trend of expansions, Apple is looking to upgrade its retail stores in Honolulu, Hawaii and Miami Beach in Florida. With the latter Apple has been encountering some difficulty, and has in fact withdrawn a proposal to demolish a building near the current Lincoln Road outlet. The company is hoping to move along the same street from a 738 address to 1001, putting it in an upscale shopping district with pedestrian foot traffic. The city's Historic Preservation Board objected to the proposal though, which would have seen the construction of large stone walls similar to those of the Upper West Side store in New York City. The HPB wants the walls to be smaller, and more critically to match the historic architecture in the district.
With the initial Apple proposal a side wall was criticized as "not conducive to an active pedestrian street," and a rear wall was asked to be modified to create a "more active presence." Apple suggested a display window in the rear wall, but ultimately told the HPB that its architects didn't consider it possible to build more windows into the side wall. The board explained that if that were the case, "the design of the corner should be reconsidered in another manner to further enhance its compatibility within the built design context of Lincoln Road."
Plans are going more smoothly in Honolulu, where construction is almost done on a temporary store while the Ala Moana shop undergoes several months of remodeling. Building permits show that the project should cost $250,000, and unusually involve work on stockroom spaces located separately in the same mall. The temporary location will be smaller than the regular one at 3,085 square feet versus 4,476.
In the suburbs of Sydney, Australia, meanwhile, a new Apple Store is said to be in the works for the Westfield Hornsby mall. Job listings have already been posted, although the shop isn't expected to open until early next year.