Site owner confirms Apple Chicago store leased

More info on industry's worse kept secret

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Chicago Tribune has added to the growing body of evidence that Apple is indeed building a retail outlet in the Windy City.

According to the paper, Apple has signed a "long-term lease" for the 33,000sq ft site at 679 N. Michigan Avenue - a location already revealed as Apple's choice for its Chicago store. The site emerged as a possible Apple retail space last November when local paper Chicago Business revealed the company was in negotiations to lease the site.

The CT report cites building owner Nicholas Karris as saying: "The leasing agreement includes a provision requiring an upscale new presentation consistent with the character of the Magnificent Mile retail environment."

He also said Apple is planning to refit the site completely. The store was previously held by Gap. The store will be located alongside the likes of Armani, Hugo Boss, the Disney Store and the Virgin Megastore.

The CB story's source claimed Apple was looking to open the store this Spring, but the CT report suggests Spring 2002. Certainly, the original date looks unlikely, especially if renovation work has yet to commence on the site, but an earlier opening date is possible. People who have watched the construction of what's believed to be Apple's Palo Alto store reckon it could easily by finished and kitted out by MacWorld Expo New York in July.

However, it's increasingly looking like Apple is planning a phased roll-out rather than a big nationwide launch. The location identified in Littleton, Colorado is not expected to open until November, for example. ®

Related Stories

Pittsburgh to get Apple store in 'two months'
Two more sites join Apple retail chain
Chicago revealed as fourth Apple store site
Apple retail chain to open doors in April


Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.