COMMERCE: An Apple Store Grows In Center City


PC WORLD: The Metro reports┬áthat on Wednesday, Apple will be presenting design plans for a proposed store at 1607 Walnut Street to the city Art Commission. An Apple Store will be a marked improvement for 1607 Walnut, especially since it is an empty storefront at the moment (flanked by an American Apparel and a hair salon called Bubbles Salon). This store would be the seventh Apple Store in Pennsylvania. Considering Apple’s trend of opening stores in upscale areas, Walnut Street fits the bill nicely. However, while the store might be amongst fellow upscale retailers like Tiffany & Co. and Burberry it would also serve as competition for a couple of local independent Apple shops. Springboard Media and Bundy are both long-lived, small, local shops that sell and service Apple products. I imagine that if an Apple Store were to open so close to either they would start to put more emphasis on their repair services, which are more robust than those that Apple offers in their retail spaces. MORE

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