Australian court orders Apple must complete retail space construction

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    Australian court orders Apple must complete retail space construction



    An Australian court has ordered Apple to complete the stalled construction of its retail space in Brisbane's historic MacArthur Chambers building, whether or not Apple intends to occupy the space.

    A Queensland state court ruled this week that Apple must continue paying for the work necessary for its portion of retail space within the MacArthur Chambers building. Apple must fund construction within its portion of the building until such a time that the building owner can lease the space to another tenant, according to ifoAppleStore.

    Reportedly, roughly half the interior work on the MacArthur Chambers space is incomplete, and that work would have to be done before another retailer could begin installing their own store interior. Apple began taking bids from local contractors on the work necessary to improve the space to the standard for an "end-of-lease handover" shortly following the court's ruling.

    The MacArthur Chambers building is a 1930s era construction used by General Douglas MacArthur as the allied forces' South West Pacific Area headquarters during World War II. Apple's plans to construct a retail space in the building emerged in April of 2011, when a development application was filed with the Brisbane City Council.




    The renovation was expected to cost as much as $11.4 million, with $3.84 million of that going to demolition costs necessary to remove the decades-old existing renovations. The project ran into problems when Kell & Rigby, the contractor on the construction, went bankrupt. Apple eventually decided to cancel the project in November of 2012, and no work has been done on the interior since.

    Apple's reasons for scuttling the project instead of seeking out a new contractor are as yet unknown. The MacArthur location would have encompassed the ground floor, mezzanine, and basement of the building. When the plans emerged, it would have been Apple's eleventh store in Australia. Apple now has 18 locations in the country.


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    Brisbane Apple Store construction back on track after delays and rumors of cancellati



    The latest construction details and revisions filed last week can be taken as confirmation that Apple has not abandoned the Brisbane location, the development application of which was first disclosed in 2011, reports ifoAppleStore.

    Apple was thought to have scrapped the store after the project was delayed by a bankruptcy filing from a major contractor in 2012 and reported issues with modernizing the innards of a historic building. The MacArhur Chambers building dates back to the 1930s and was used by U.S. General Douglas MacArthur in World War II as the allied forces' South West Pacific Area headquarters.

    According to the revised landscape plan, Apple is planning to remove a number of structures on the sidewalk in front of the store, like a large pedestrian bench, as well as relocate a tree to create symmetry with the store's front entrance.

    While the recent filing did not indicate a concrete opening date, it is thought that the Brisbane Apple Store could be operational as early as October.





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    Apple to finally open new Brisbane flagship store on Jan. 17



    After two years of unforeseen setbacks, Apple has finally set a date for the opening of its new flagship Apple Store in Brisbane, Australia, which is to start operations on Jan. 17 in the historic MacArthur Chambers building.

    According to Apple's website, the Brisbane location will feature the usual Apple Store amenities, including a Genius Bar, One-to-One training and various events and workshops.

    The MacArthur Chambers outlet was first discovered in a development application in 2011, but it was thought that Apple abandoned the site after a major contractor attached to project filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Also of concern was reported issues with modernizing the aging interior of the historic structure.

    In August of 2013, fresh architectural renderings and blueprints were filed with city officials, suggesting construction was back on track. The new plans called for the removal of multiple sidewalk structures directly in front of the store, such as a large bench and tree installations, to create symmetry with the store's front entrance.

    The MacArthur Chambers building was erected in the 1930s and was used as a base of operations during Word War II for the allied forces' South West Pacific Area led by U.S. General Douglas MacArthur.





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