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  • With Apple choosing not to open a location downtown in the Ice District, which was long ago in the plans, I wonder if they’ll take over the space Lululemon was in which Apple had originally had the option to lease after the former athletics store closed there years ago. The Southgate Apple Store is in really sad shape with terrible HVAC not designed to handle the heat all the networks and computers create. They’ve been cramped for space for years and this would give them the opportunity to both expand and revamp their current space with one of the new style stores.

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    • Apple wasn't considering downtown were they? Wasn't that just a list by the DBA of "Business we want downtown"
      A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.

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      • Originally posted by etownboarder View Post
        With Apple choosing not to open a location downtown in the Ice District, which was long ago in the plans, I wonder if they’ll take over the space Lululemon was in which Apple had originally had the option to lease after the former athletics store closed there years ago. The Southgate Apple Store is in really sad shape with terrible HVAC not designed to handle the heat all the networks and computers create. They’ve been cramped for space for years and this would give them the opportunity to both expand and revamp their current space with one of the new style stores.
        No, because Lululemon isn't vacating that space, they're expanding it (into Purdy's and Lids).
        They're going to park their car over there. You're going to park your car over here. Get it?

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        • Originally posted by Medwards View Post
          Apple wasn't considering downtown were they? Wasn't that just a list by the DBA of "Business we're entitled to downtown"
          Fixed that for you

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          • Thanks for the apt correction
            A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.

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            • Originally posted by Medwards View Post
              Apple wasn't considering downtown were they? Wasn't that just a list by the DBA of "Business we want downtown"
              They were once upon a time interested in ICE District which is why they didn’t expand their tiny footprint in Southgate When they had the opportunity. The Southgate store is designed to do around $40m annually in sales and was doing around $90m in 2015 when I left. I imagine now they’re doing $110-115m but they’re having to lease offsite storage for inventory cause the back of house is far too small for everything that goes on back there. I’m shocked the current stores haven’t moved to larger locations given the opportunities for retail spaces where they are located. Maybe they’re still considering a 3rd store in the city and will keep the WEM and Southgate stores in theIr current footprint.

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              • I'd wager we'll see some movement in the Apple Stores in town once their newer concepts & ideas for retail filter on down to their lower tier markets like Edmonton. They've had a couple starts & stops thanks to their changing of the guard at the top of retail a couple times, but I could see them moving into a far more prominent space in both malls to bring in their "town square" model which wouldn't fit in their current spaces.
                Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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                • What happened to the fancy knife store, is it gone already ?

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                  • Originally posted by noodle View Post
                    I'd wager we'll see some movement in the Apple Stores in town once their newer concepts & ideas for retail filter on down to their lower tier markets like Edmonton. They've had a couple starts & stops thanks to their changing of the guard at the top of retail a couple times, but I could see them moving into a far more prominent space in both malls to bring in their "town square" model which wouldn't fit in their current spaces.
                    I don't think WEM or Southgate have the exterior "town square" frontage that Apple is desiring. WEM is a concrete fortress with a roadway around the mall base and same with Southgate. If City Centre was "opened up" with new direct access to stores on the exterior and an open air spine in the mall - it may be a preferable location for Apple depending on the configuration. Manulife might also have some potential where Holts is right now. At least there would be the visibility and presence that we see in other Apple stores.

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                    • Originally posted by EdmTrekker View Post
                      At least there would be the visibility and presence that we see in other Apple stores.
                      But no customers & that's the real pickle.

                      Anywhere can renovate & adapt, especially for a retailer/tenant with the pull of Apple, far easier than changing the shopping patterns of a million people who have shown they'd sooner shop just about anywhere rather than Downtown.
                      Giving less of a damn than ever… Can't laugh at the ignorant if you ignore them!

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                      • Bingo
                        Just enjoying another day in paradise.

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                        • Hickory Farms has taken over the yogurt place near HBC
                          “You have to dream big. If we want to be a little city, we dream small. If we want to be a big city, we dream big, and this is a big idea.” - Mayor Stephen Mandel, 02/22/2012

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