Apple rumored to start construction on second Belgian store in Bruges

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Apple may be working on a new Belgian store, this time in the city of Bruges, according to claims made on Thursday -- though firm evidence of the project has yet to appear.




Construction work has already started on a space located at 96 Steenstraat, said iPhon.fr, citing Alexandre Colleau, the founder of Belgium iPhone. On Twitter Colleau shared photos of the building with construction barracades in place, nevertheless suggesting that the store won't open until 2018.

Asked by iPhon.fr about the sources of his information, Colleau said only that he considered them reliable, and similar to those that allowed him to successfully predict the current Brussels store before it was made official.

MacGeneration noted that Apple doesn't have any job listings for a store in Bruges, and that the location isn't registered to Apple Retail Belgium in business directories. These may not be problems for a store launching in 2018, however -- the directory date for the Brussels store is Sept. 19, 2015, the same day it opened.

More uncertain is why it would take a full year to open a store. The explanation may be that 96 Steenstraat is a five-story structure, and previously at least was home to several tenants, including three fashion outlets on the ground floor. If Apple intends to make use of most or all of the building, that could entail major renovations, complicated further if the company has to preserve historic architecture.

In the past couple of years much of Apple's retail expansion has been international, since the U.S. market is already thoroughly saturated. There have been rumor of new stores in places like Brooklyn and Washington D.C. though, and older stores have been relocating and/or renovating, including the Fifth Avenue flagship in Manhattan.

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  • Reply 1 of 8
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,338member
    Its interesting to see Apple expanding retail stores while other retail stores are struggling to make ends meet with their retail locations. I guess this goes back to Apple putting their locations in strategic locations around the globe. They don't have 1000-3000 stores just to have them everywhere as much as everyone wants one close to them.  I wonder if it will ever get to a point where Apple has built all of the stores they're going to build? 
    patchythepirate
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 3,592member
    macxpress said:
    Its interesting to see Apple expanding retail stores while other retail stores are struggling to make ends meet with their retail locations. I guess this goes back to Apple putting their locations in strategic locations around the globe. They don't have 1000-3000 stores just to have them everywhere as much as everyone wants one close to them.  I wonder if it will ever get to a point where Apple has built all of the stores they're going to build? 
    Well, Apple doesn't just seem them as places to sell stuff. As well as being a showroom for Apple products, they're repair outlets, training rooms, and who knows what else in the future. My guess would be hubs for Apple's own comms network and checkpoints for their rentable electric vehicles. 
  • Reply 3 of 8
    davendaven Posts: 457member
    Great city. I went there in my college days in 1984 and found it to be a very charming place.
    ireland
  • Reply 4 of 8
    croprcropr Posts: 767member
    It is very strange that Apple would chose Bruges as second place for a Belgian store next to Brussels.  Bruges has around 130.000 inhabitants, Antwerp, Belgium 2nd city has 4 times more
    ireland
  • Reply 5 of 8
    cropr said:
    It is very strange that Apple would chose Bruges as second place for a Belgian store next to Brussels.  Bruges has around 130.000 inhabitants, Antwerp, Belgium 2nd city has 4 times more
    Either Colin Farrell lobbied hard, or Apple looked at the demographics and origins of its customers and decided on an appropriate location. 
  • Reply 6 of 8
    irelandireland Posts: 17,122member
    cropr said:
    It is very strange that Apple would chose Bruges as second place for a Belgian store next to Brussels.  Bruges has around 130.000 inhabitants, Antwerp, Belgium 2nd city has 4 times more
    Either Colin Farrell lobbied hard, or Apple looked at the demographics and origins of its customers and decided on an appropriate location. 

    Or Angela Ahrendts just watched In Bruges the other night.
    edited January 2017
  • Reply 7 of 8
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,039member
    cropr said:
    It is very strange that Apple would chose Bruges as second place for a Belgian store next to Brussels.  Bruges has around 130.000 inhabitants, Antwerp, Belgium 2nd city has 4 times more
    Either Colin Farrell lobbied hard, or Apple looked at the demographics and origins of its customers and decided on an appropriate location. 
    Lots of tourists I suppose.


    And hitmen
  • Reply 8 of 8
    "In the past couple of years much of Apple's retail expansion has been international, since the U.S. market is already thoroughly saturated."

    There are a number of places that are not saturated in the U.S. How about downtown Seattle? The only store in the actual city limits of Seattle is the University Village store that can barely be reached by public transit several miles from downtown. Portland and Vancouver, BC both have downtown stores. The one in Portland is spectacular but Seattle is really lacking.
    edited January 2017
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