Apple Pioneer Place renovations continue ahead of Monday's reopening

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in General Discussion edited February 21
Apple may have to race to finish renovations of its Portland Apple Store if it is to reopen on Monday, as photographs indicate there's still some work to complete.

Apple Pioneer Place renovation work [via
Apple Pioneer Place renovation work [via "Nate"]


On Saturday, a report claimed Apple was preparing to reopen its Apple Pioneer Place outlet in Portland, Oregon on Monday. While Apple apparently made the declaration that it will be ready for its 11 a.m. pacific time (2 p.m. eastern), the site itself is still being prepared.

Photographs of the storefront taken on Saturday by "Nate" and provided to AppleInsider showed the store as having more than a few finishing touches left to do.

The roof of the building is missing some sections in one image, which also showed a number of granite blocks being absent from a connected wall. Inside, scaffolding was still present throughout the building, with work still being carried out to replace glass panels.

A clear view of the scaffolding inside Apple Pioneer Place  [via
A clear view of the scaffolding inside Apple Pioneer Place [via "Nate"]


Outside the store are barriers and fencing that have to be removed before opening, as well as a temporary building used by the construction company.

Even with these aspects being worked on, it is still possible for Apple to open up the store on time. The store's website advises it will be opening from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. under "special store hours," and will be open for online order pickup and Genius Support by appointment.

Apple Pioneer Place's Express kiosks are installed [via
Apple Pioneer Place's Express kiosks are installed [via "Nate"]


As part of COVID-19 precautionary measures by Apple, the store will be operating with social distancing procedures in place. Apple Express counters are visible in the images, minimizing the spread of the virus through the use of walls and plexiglass.

The opening on Monday will be the store's first in almost nine months. The outlet closed on May 29, 2020 following the George Floyd riots, and required extensive refurbishment caused by overnight vandalism.

A Black Lives Matter mural was painted onto barricades around the store while work was being carried out. Apple donated the mural to the non-profit Don't Shoot PDX for preservation.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    Portland has been destroyed by vandals and the pandemic.  I wouldn’t be surprised if that store gets relocated out of downtown, which is like driving into a war zone 
  • Reply 2 of 3
    OferOfer Posts: 101unconfirmed, member
    Fred257 said:
    Portland has been destroyed by vandals and the pandemic.  I wouldn’t be surprised if that store gets relocated out of downtown, which is like driving into a war zone 
    Clearly you don’t live in Portland. Downtown Portland is nothing like “driving into a war zone”. 
    GeorgeBMactiger2
  • Reply 3 of 3
    I agree with Ofer.

    I live in Portland.  Yes, there is more graffiti and the number of homeless has increased or have at least become more visible, but otherwise life is the same as always except for the COVID-ness.  The graffiti will get cleaned up.  Homelessness is one of our country's most intractable problems.  I have a friend who works with the homeless and she thinks some of the increase here is due to individuals being drawn here when the former president made the decision to try to make Portland a war zone.  Now they have no way to get back where they came from or have decided it's just as nice here as there.  Some of the increase is due to joblessness.  The cost of housing here is high.  Regardless, I've never met anyone who wants to see their neighbors living in tents.   
    GeorgeBMacOfer
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