updated 11:05 am EDT, Fri July 18, 2014
Mold, ventilation among obstacles
Apple's planned store in Hannover, Germany may finally open its doors in late September, say sources claimed to be connected to the company's local retail team. The shop has been under development for some time, with black construction facades first going up in April 2013. The delay is said to be linked to fixing up problems in the building, including mold, bad ventilation, and general defects.
The outlet's opening could be synced to the launch of the iPhone 6, which is expected in the same timeframe. Apple will occasionally arrange such simultaneous launches for extra publicity and the advantage of new distribution channels. In total, the company is preparing to open over 30 new locations by the end of fiscal 2014, most of them outside of the US.
The Hannover store will be Apple's 14th in Germany, but unlike the others in that its layout should be closer to the ornate Paris Opéra outlet in France. That location was also delayed because of problems preserving the historic architecture.