updated 12:00 pm EDT, Mon August 15, 2011
Upgrades planned for other shops
Apple's rapid retail expansion plans also appear to include new shops in Denver, Colorado and Sarasota, Florida. A source indicates that a second Denver outlet will be built at Union Station, which is being rehabilitated to make it a major hub for transportation, commerce and gatherings. The developer includes an Apple logo in a video rendering of the project, but this is now claimed to be more than just wishful thinking.
The current Denver Apple Store is the Cherry Creek location, situated over 3 miles away to the southeast; a Union Station store would give Apple much better access to downtown foot traffic. The rehabilitation project is still ongoing though, with light rail opening next week, followed by other additions that will only see the project completed in 2012. These include new buildings, new pedestrian areas and an underground bus station.
A Florida newspaper, the Herald-Tribune, meanwhile reports that an Apple Store will be included as part of a multi-phase expansion at Sarasota's Southgate mall. The progress of the expansion has been delayed in the past, but could allegedly see the Apple Store launch in December. The outlet will occupy a combined space vacated by GNC and LensCrafters, which are moving elsewhere within the mall. In total the Apple outlet will consume about 4,100 square feet.
Two separate sources say that Apple's Fashion Island store in Newport Beach, California as well as the Park Meadows shop in Lone Tree, Colorado will be moving into bigger spaces within their respective malls. The present Fashion Island location is expected to close as soon as this Thursday for the move, though where it might reappear isn't known. No timeline has been given for the Park Meadows project, except that the mall's developer has been searching for a larger space for Apple during the past year. In theory Apple could find a home within a former Borders store if the space is subdivided.