Apple to Open Retail Store in London's Knightsbridge Estate

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    Apple has agreed to open a new 20,000-square-foot retail store in the heart of Knightsbridge, one of London's most luxurious shopping areas, according to local media.

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    Proposed development in Knightsbridge, London (Image via Chelsfield)

    Citing property sources, The Evening Standard reports that Apple has signed a deal with Chelsfield, the property asset manager overseeing a makeover of The Knightsbridge Estate, to secure retail lettings between high-end department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols.

    The transformation of The Estate as a whole is expected to deliver a mix of new "world-class" retail accommodation, including six flagship stores, 66,000 square feet of Grade A offices, 35 rental apartments around an internal courtyard garden, and a rooftop restaurant.

    The landmark development is currently surrounded by a public artwork installation called "The Knights of Knightsbridge" to conceal construction.

    Apple has five retail locations in the English capital, including flagship stores Regent Street and Covent Garden, which reopened late last year following a three-month renovation.

    (Thanks, Tobias!)

    Article Link: Apple to Open Retail Store in London's Knightsbridge Estate
     
  2. orbital~debris macrumors 6502a

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    Good news!

    New Apple stores in the UK are always a good thing.
     
  3. newyorksole macrumors 68040

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    Very nice.

    It’s too bad several other flagships were denied recently in other countries.
     
  4. -BigMac- macrumors 68000

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    Yep. Like in Melbourne. Where I’m from :(
     
  5. FFR macrumors 601

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    Great news.
    Finally an apple store in Knightsbridge.
     
  6. Vjosullivan macrumors 6502a

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    Can't see the point of Apple stores (except as drop off points for repairs). Everything they sell is available online, delivered to your home. An Apple store in Knightsbridge is only going add further upwards pressure to Apple prices.
     
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    It’s a good thing that apple sees that point, hence the new apple store in knightsbridge.

    Residents of Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Kensington and Chelsea would love to have an apple store in their neighborhood.
     
  8. Reason077 macrumors 68020

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    I’m not from Melbourne. But I’m familiar with the city, and I think pretty much anyone could see that the proposed store in Federation Square was completely inappropriate.

    We all love Apple stores, but they shouldn’t be allowed to get away with things that nobody else would just because they’re Apple!
     
  9. bjoswald macrumors regular

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    What a beautiful picture. I’d love to live in such a pretty city.
     
  10. SteveOfTheStow, Apr 16, 2019
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    Eh? Did you miss the whole 'Today at Apple' strategy in the past few years? They don't just sell stuff anymore. There needs to be more of them to help facilitate education.

    Edit: And I'd add that this Knightsbridge store is sorely needed. Covent Garden and Regent Street just don't have the capacity to serve this city - they're always too busy. Yes, there are Stores in the suburbs too, but they're not always as convenient. I live about 6 miles from Brent Cross but don't have a car, not unusual in London in 2019, and Stratford City (just as busy as the central ones, tbh) takes just as long to get to as Covent Garden for me.
     
  11. PickUrPoison macrumors 68040

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    The Federation Square management, the Victorian Government and the Melbourne City Council were all in favor of the redevelopment of the Yarra building; I suppose they thought they could finally be rid of that horrible eyesore.

    Only when the two dozen “our city, our square” group of locals protested did Heritage Victoria decide the 16-year old Yarra Building could not be torn down as it would result in an "unacceptable and irreversible detrimental impact on the cultural heritage significance of Federation Square”.

    Federation Square management wanted to add more square footage to the existing retail shops and cafes, and said the Apple store would have resulted in an additional two million visitors a year. Some suspected that the protest was part of a larger effort to derail other redevelopment projects like the Metro Tunnel while others thought a business group from Sydney was behind the effort to gather signatures against demolishing the Yarra building. Who knows.

    It isn’t unusual for Apple to have local opposition; US corporations aren’t always welcomed with open arms. Apple doesn’t want to go where they’re not wanted, and if the local officials abandon support like the Melbourne City Council did, they’ll pull out of the project. It was hardly a case of Apple being allowed “to get away with things that nobody else would just because they’re Apple!”
     
  12. Johnnyhandsome macrumors newbie

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    Aahh, first world problems eh!
     
  13. SteveOfTheStow macrumors member

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    Welcome to the Forum with your utterly pointless comment that contributed nothing to the conversation. Everyone has problems - I'm not saying mine are more important those of malnourished third world children, but that doesn't make them any less valid. Whilst we're on first world problems, we should probably take the entire MacRumors forum offline, because it's 99.9% nothing but first world problems. You should feel lucky that you get to be a part of it.
     
  14. Reason077 macrumors 68020

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    It doesn’t smell as good as it looks. And lots of it doesn’t look like Knightsbridge!
     
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    There are far too many people in London. It makes for a wearying experience trying to do the most basic things like getting around when you are constantly having to dodge hordes of people.
     
  16. weckart macrumors 601

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    Good God, yes. Imagine having to rub shoulders with the hoi polloi in Covent Garden. it doesn't bear thinking about. Thank you, Apple!
     
  17. FFR macrumors 601

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    What does rubbing shoulders in covent garden have to do with an apple store in Knightsbridge?
     
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    Yep just need another on the south coast - specifically Bournemouth
     
  19. Jar Jar Abrams macrumors newbie

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    None in New Zealand still
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    You don’t need to welcome him, he’s been a member here longer than you.
     

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