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MTBlogBot2000
7th January 2010, 11:13 AM
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This post is light on details and I really don't like posting speculation/rumour type posts, but apparently all Apple retail staff were emailed this morning to inform them that a new store at the <a href="http://westfield.com.au/bondijunction/">Bondi Junction Westfield</a> shopping complex, in Sydney is going to be opened in mid-2010.

That's pretty much all the details I have, but look out for more info (job postings, etc) as it comes to hand and let us know on the forums if you hear anything.

mitty
7th January 2010, 11:18 AM
Stuff Bondi, how about Melbourne CBD?

Exocet
7th January 2010, 11:20 AM
This would make total sense - Westfield Bondi Junction's catchment includes some of the most affluent people in Australia and is one of the most highly trafficked shopping centres, and has some of the highest customer volumes all over Australia.

Lockley
7th January 2010, 11:20 AM
you can never have to many apple stores in one state :) Love living in NSW

gumby08
7th January 2010, 11:20 AM
Stuff Bondi and Melbourne, what about Canberra? :p

WindowsVista
7th January 2010, 11:25 AM
Now all they need is one on the south side (the better side) of Sydney. Miranda fair, yes please!

jack112006
7th January 2010, 11:27 AM
I was there about two weeks ago and was amazed that Apple hadn't opened a store there yet. It is a perfect fit for Apple.

Byron Creek
7th January 2010, 11:27 AM
Sydney is big enough to support at least another two stores. They should be Parramatta and Liverpool, especially Liverpool so I can have an Apple Store within walking distance! :nerd:

MrJesseRoss
7th January 2010, 11:29 AM
That Bondi Junction building looks amazing. A nice glassy Apple Store would be perfect.

Al Aero
7th January 2010, 11:33 AM
Boo....

Melbourne flagship please

mitty
7th January 2010, 11:37 AM
Boo....

Melbourne flagship please

Maybe they can build one on the site of an ex SAAB dealer.

/me runs from thread

gareth
7th January 2010, 11:40 AM
Boo....

Melbourne flagship please

I reckon it will happen if there is a location

DJY
7th January 2010, 11:40 AM
Stuff Bondi, how about Melbourne CBD?

Agreed!!!!
But with our population I doubt we will see one soon.
Oh yeah and with Mac1's three stores here... not sure we are on the horizon for a true Apple store... although it would be easy for them to take Mac1's spot in the new section of the Canberra Centre!

Al Aero
7th January 2010, 11:42 AM
Maybe they can build one on the site of an ex SAAB dealer.

/me runs from thread

Boo Mitty

mitty
7th January 2010, 11:49 AM
Boo Mitty
I kid because I love, honey :) Was sad to hear about the Demise of SAAB :(

Seriously though All the good Melb CBD sites are taken up. Apart from that Emporium site where absolutely nothing is going on and even if it was it would be at least a couple of years before it was finished. Unless there's a secret spot none of us have contemplated.

How about South Wharf, wack one up there, at least it's close.

jeloz
7th January 2010, 11:49 AM
that was their most likely move....been expecting that for many years..of course was always on our minds at Frequency...liking the fact i don't have to go to the city if this is true...though still keen to support resellers who do it right! i wonder where in the centre, i reckon 35% of all stores there have changed businesses in the last 'GFC' 12 months

Jeloz

Exocet
7th January 2010, 11:58 AM
Apple Careers site now shows Bondi as a future location:
http://www.mactalk.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/mac_screenshot.png

Phormic
7th January 2010, 12:39 PM
I love how Apple studies demographics. The three Sydney stores will follow a money trail up from the wealthy and leafy north shore, to the CBD, through to the even wealthier eastern suburbs.

Put it this way. Don't count on seeing an Apple store in Campbelltown any time soon.

VOOK
7th January 2010, 01:06 PM
Come on where is the Perth one already.

Phillo
7th January 2010, 01:28 PM
I love how Apple studies demographics. The three Sydney stores will follow a money trail up from the wealthy and leafy north shore, to the CBD, through to the even wealthier eastern suburbs.



I dont think its directly related to the demographics of the area... more about the demographic and style of the centre itself.

In Melbourne, Chadstone and Doncaster are seen as the two fashionable suburban shopping centres to be seen at. This seems to be the case with the centres chosen in Sydney.

Also notice the location of the apple stores in the centre... they are both quite close to the upmarket fashion houses as opposed to the rank and file stores.

As for Melbourne CBD... I think its a given that we will get a flagship store... but as it was mentioned before, its all about location and if Apple were going to drop $20mill on a store... it would want to be in a fsckin good location.

Phormic
7th January 2010, 01:58 PM
I dont think its directly related to the demographics of the area... more about the demographic and style of the centre itself.

In Melbourne, Chadstone and Doncaster are seen as the two fashionable suburban shopping centres to be seen at. This seems to be the case with the centres chosen in Sydney.

Also notice the location of the apple stores in the centre... they are both quite close to the upmarket fashion houses as opposed to the rank and file stores.


Agreed. Westfield Bondi Junction have sucked away the boutique fashion shops formally located along Oxford St Paddington and left the place a wasteland (a small exaggeration but you get my point). Chatswood Chase is the north's fashion hub. But you'd have to admit that fashion and money tend to go hand in hand!

Apparently there's a range of factors Apple takes into account in choosing a location - foot traffic, average income of the area, number of registered Apple users, road accessibility and what stores they share a location with (must be upmarket). However in saying all that, Westfield Bondi Junction is a no-brainer.

Joey1983
7th January 2010, 02:58 PM
I saw that coming from a mile away. I look forward to never visiting it.

bengrubb
7th January 2010, 04:44 PM
The owner of nearby store My Mac knew about this, according to my chat with him.

Apple set to unveil beachside store - Hardware - Technology - News - iTnews.com.au (http://www.itnews.com.au/News/164091,apple-set-to-unveil-beachside-suburb-store.aspx)

choy
7th January 2010, 05:23 PM
not looking good for perth - no location, no evidence of building works, makes me wonder if the rumor for a perth store was completely bogus despite the job listing.

Exocet
7th January 2010, 06:52 PM
There is a location for Perth, Apple has submitted a development application for a street-frontage...however as its a retail development - under WA Planning Legislation they're not required to submit detailed plans for public review.

(as far as I'm lead to believe)

matthew858
7th January 2010, 08:15 PM
Does anyone know where the store will actually be, or is Westfield Bondi the closest we can get at the moment? I might just take a trip to Bondi in the next few days to suss the area out (I don't think I've ever been to Bondi).

stewy38
7th January 2010, 08:35 PM
Stuff Bondi and Melbourne, Canberra? :p

What about PARRAMATTA

Phillo
7th January 2010, 08:42 PM
What about PARRAMATTA

Sorry to those in Parramatta, but I wouldnt think that this location would be a priority in Apples plans.

Snow Leopard
7th January 2010, 10:05 PM
i have an idea! how about brisbane CBD?!?!

bondi sounds great though, anyway...

jeloz
8th January 2010, 06:41 AM
Does anyone know where the store will actually be, or is Westfield Bondi the closest we can get at the moment? I might just take a trip to Bondi in the next few days to suss the area out (I don't think I've ever been to Bondi).

i'll ask mrs jeloz as she spends alot of time there!

Jeloz

stewy38
8th January 2010, 09:17 AM
Sorry to those in Parramatta, but I wouldnt think that this location would be a priority in Apples plans.

Give me one reason why not, As they say Parramatta is the centre of Sydney
Who the hell is going travel all the way Bondi to buy any Apple products when its hard enough to get parking there just to spend the day at the beach and I can't see myself using public transport for that matter either.

wmyeoh
8th January 2010, 09:21 AM
Geographical centre, yes. Cultural, retail, economic centre, no.

BTW, who's they?

Dux
8th January 2010, 09:22 AM
Give me one reason why not, As they say Parramatta is the centre of Sydney

It may be the geographical centre, but it's not an internationally-recognised location.

Bondi is known for being higher-class and higher-income, especially compared to Parramatta. Bondi is the perfect place for an Australian Apple Store. Heh, they should drag out a few 'Bondi Blue' iMacs for display if this place does indeed open up :D

stewy38
8th January 2010, 09:32 AM
It may be the geographical centre, but it's not an internationally-recognised location.

Bondi is known for being higher-class and higher-income, especially compared to Parramatta. Bondi is the perfect place for an Australian Apple Store. Heh, they should drag out a few 'Bondi Blue' iMacs for display if this place does indeed open up :D

Perfect place your kidding right. Nothing wrong with Parramatta. There is a need for more bussiness to be out this way.

Might as well open a store at Katoomba too if you think Bondi is well known.

Dux
8th January 2010, 09:36 AM
Perfect place your kidding right. Nothing wrong with Parramatta. we have a need for more bussiness to be out this way

You do realise we're talking about Apple, right? They're very anal about where they place their stores - they didn't put the Chatswood store in the Westfield, they put it in the upper-class Chase shopping centre.

stewy38
8th January 2010, 09:51 AM
You do realise we're talking about Apple, right? They're very anal about where they place their stores - they didn't put the Chatswood store in the Westfield, they put it in the upper-class Chase shopping centre.

If that the case then Apple must have a few dollars to spent on upper-class stores.

Don't get me wrong I love Apple products. I could never live without them
Both my computers here are Macs & I have Iphone too

Dux
8th January 2010, 10:01 AM
If that the case then Apple must have a few dollars to spent on upper-class stores.

Have you even been to an official Apple Store?

Benny
8th January 2010, 10:06 AM
Your kidding right, Parra is a waste land compared to Bondi Junction.
Having work in both locations, Parra as for $$ spent on retail is a ghost town.

stewy38
8th January 2010, 10:23 AM
Have you even been to an official Apple Store?

Yeah I have

Dux
8th January 2010, 10:47 AM
Then I would assume you understand that Apple only choose premium locations for their stores - therefore Parramatta would not be high on their list of locations.

matthew858
8th January 2010, 11:52 AM
Yes, I feel the socio-economic status of the area is too low for Apple to build a store, not enough people with the cash to buy or need Apple products. I feel the next Sydney store after Bondi will be in Castle Hill.

jeloz
8th January 2010, 12:02 PM
Give me one reason why not, As they say Parramatta is the centre of Sydney
Who the hell is going travel all the way Bondi to buy any Apple products when its hard enough to get parking there just to spend the day at the beach and I can't see myself using public transport for that matter either.

I think it is very likely we would see an applestore on the west / north west in a mall

Jeloz

jeloz
8th January 2010, 12:02 PM
Yes, I feel the socio-economic status of the area is too low for Apple to build a store, not enough people with the cash to buy or need Apple products. I feel the next Sydney store after Bondi will be in Castle Hill.

yeah - Castle Hill / Hornsby...but Parra is possible.

Jeloz

matthew858
8th January 2010, 01:16 PM
I would absolutely love a Hornsby store, it's no more than 5 minutes drive from where I live!

I just think it's too close/too easy to get to Chatswood, the city, and now Bondi. When travelling by train, it takes the same amount of time to get to the city store as it does the Bondi store, as the city store involves a few minutes walking to get to the store, but the Bondi store requires a few extra minutes on the train, but the store is right at the train station.

stewy38
8th January 2010, 02:01 PM
Then I would assume you understand that Apple only choose premium locations for their stores - therefore Parramatta would not be high on their list of locations.

Well then some of us would love to see a store out this way or north west for that matter. Not everyone has the time to travel into Sydney store or Bondi (when it opens)

matthew858
10th January 2010, 06:55 PM
Today I decided to make my first trip to Bondi in about 5 or 10 years, to suss out the Apple Store location among other things.

The main idea that I had gathered from everyone was that the store was in Westfield Bondi. It seems that everyone was assuming this, but nothing documented backed this up. I spent about an hour, searching the entire Westfield, looking for spare retail spaces or shops having closing down sales. Nothing. Everyone seems content with their retail position.

I decided to head outside. Westfield Bondi crosses a street, with 2 levels going under the road, and 2 levels built over the road. Level 3 has a street in the middle of it, Oxford Street. After heading outside, it didn't take long to spot this:

http://img.skitch.com/20100110-q6equ7cgydk9qmnt8s4y66jxa4.jpg

It's a spare site right next to the Westfield, currently a block that is about 2 storeys tall and, with every side but the one facing the street a concrete wall, backing onto other sites. It's about 1/2 - 2/3 the width of the Sydney Apple Store. On closer inspection, I am fairly sure this is the position. Some telling factors are:

- The builders and project managers for the site are Kell & Rigby, the same company who Apple employed to build the Sydney flagship Apple Store.
- The site has a roof. What's it made of? Glass, and it looks rather new as well (the floor is just a concrete slab with building material on it).
- On every other site Kell & Rigby manage, the temporary timber "fencing" facing the street is blue. On this site, it's black, and rather new.
- The signs at the front of the site that detail who is in charge of the project appear brand new (apologies for not getting pictures).

Anyone know anything about the site? There were no development applications up, and there was no indication of who the tenants were going to be (obviously). Time will tell it this is the Apple Store location, although if it is, it's going to be a one-of-a-kind glass building, most likely taking design cues from the Sydney CBD store.

Edit:

Some more information - it appears to be an old building that was recently demolished. The site can be found here (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=-33.892256,151.250249&num=1&t=h&sll=-33.89229,151.249594&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&ie=UTF8&ll=-33.892327,151.250346&spn=0.003545,0.006872&z=18) (Google Maps link).

Edit 2:

After trying to search Waverly Council for DAs, it seems like the site falls into the boundaries of the Westfield shopping centre, even though it's outside. I might head back and pay a visit to Westfield Centre Management and see what they know.

jeloz
10th January 2010, 07:08 PM
bloody good work, heading there tomorrow for kids school shoes, I will see what i can find...from memory that site was never built on, i think the story went along the lines that whoever owned it wanted too much money so the lowys built round in...(that might be BJ folklore!)..anyway, no doubt if it is true the pay day came in!
Jeloz

matthew858
10th January 2010, 07:09 PM
bloody good work, heading there tomorrow for kids school shoes, I will see what i can find
Jeloz

Thanks :) Do you think you could grab a quick shot of the Kell & Rigby sign at the front that details the people involved? I have a theory that the same people worked on the Sydney Apple Store site, but I'm not too sure.

NathR32
10th January 2010, 07:11 PM
Up yours Sydney, you have enough Apple Stores already. Apple, make one in Canberra please :(

canonafficionado
10th January 2010, 07:15 PM
Good work on this! I think you've got it. Definitely recall the Sydney CBD one being Kell & Rigby builders as well.

Was looking at the link to the map reference is it definitely Oxford St?

matthew858
10th January 2010, 07:20 PM
Was looking at the link to the map reference is it definitely Oxford St?

Yes, it is Oxford Street:

http://img.skitch.com/20100110-nj7b9exjigr1jxitqbd73a7g2m.jpg

jeloz
10th January 2010, 07:24 PM
Thanks :) Do you think you could grab a quick shot of the Kell & Rigby sign at the front that details the people involved? I have a theory that the same people worked on the Sydney Apple Store site, but I'm not too sure.

will do Matt - you are going to a huge amount of effort here..are you on Decryption's payroll or just a fanboi who makes a cool iPhone APP!

Either way happy to help as I live in Waverley...

Pics should be up by lunchtime tomoz

Jeloz

jeloz
10th January 2010, 07:25 PM
that mac shop (academy) around the corner would be quite wary!......

Jeloz

canonafficionado
10th January 2010, 07:30 PM
Great, thanks. I got lost in street view and couldn't make sense of the streets any more.

But I did find that Kell & Rigby got permission to build a $8.5million retail development in Oxford Street, Bondi a few months ago. There's a lot of retail around there but if someone can narrow the street number down that will help us.

..
Anyone think this will all now get written up in the SMH/Age this week? Hope Mactalk gets the credit for it.

matthew858
10th January 2010, 07:40 PM
will do Matt - you are going to a huge amount of effort here..are you on Decryption's payroll or just a fanboi

I'm just a bit obsessed with this store for some reason!


just a fanboi who makes a cool iPhone APP!

Haha thanks, I'm actually the iPhone Software Engineer for Syncode (http://www.syncode.com.au), so I've made 3 rather cool iPhone/Mac apps :)


But I did find that Kell & Rigby got permission to build a $8.5million retail development in Oxford Street, Bondi a few months ago. There's a lot of retail around there but if someone can narrow the street number down that will help us.

Sure, the site number is roughly 516 213, although this is Google Maps giving me the estimation.

This site continues to make sense, the corner that the Apple Store is closest to is fully glass, and can be seen in Google Maps here (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=-33.891829,151.251004&sll=-33.891818,151.251215&sspn=0.000886,0.001718&g=-33.891829,151.251004&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=-33.891953,151.250786&spn=0.007089,0.013744&z=17&layer=c&cbll=-33.891541,151.252019&panoid=O7PAU_S4_hVbdeJJoleC5w&cbp=12,267.34,,0,-4.48) (looks rather impressive, I didn't go down the street though so I'm not sure how far away this is).

Dux
10th January 2010, 07:41 PM
Well then some of us would love to see a store out this way or north west for that matter. Not everyone has the time to travel into Sydney store or Bondi (when it opens)

Mate, I live on the Central Coast, you don't have to talk to me about travel times. Takes me about 2hrs to get into the CBD, add another 15min to get to Bondi. Hour and a half to Chatswood.

It would make perfect sense to have one up in Castle Hill area, but I just can't see Parramatta getting one. I have briefly lived in North Parramatta, and I doubt the area would be a location Apple would even consider. Not yet, at least.

canonafficionado
10th January 2010, 07:51 PM
OK. The $8.5m Kell & Rigby development is for 213 Oxford Street, Bondi which doesn't seem to match the ballpark address of the place you've spotted, but it's by far the biggest value project around these streets.

To sum up we've got the right builder in the right street, building looks right, construction fences seem right, traffic/location right, value of project probably about right but the street numbers seem wrong.

matthew858
10th January 2010, 07:59 PM
To sum up we've got the right builder in the right street, building looks right, construction fences seem right, traffic/location right, value of project probably about right but the street numbers seem wrong.

No actually, you're not far off:

Edit: You're spot on :)

joemac
10th January 2010, 10:42 PM
Not sure if others have said this previously, but the boarded-up location pictured earlier used to be an SDS clothing store, which has now been moved inside the Westfield, near the Harbour Room foodcourt.

Makes sense both timing and dimensions-wise, that this would be the site for the new store. I can't think of any other place within the Westfield precinct that is vacant, that would be appropriate.

cjuiz
11th January 2010, 01:08 AM
No actually, you're not far off:]

Actually, 213 Oxford St is the site that you photographed (the former Surf Dive 'n' Ski store).

So it matches the $8.5 million Kell & Rigby development.

Waverley Council's development description is:


Refurbishment of existing shop including new shopfront & other alterations.

From what I recall, the former SDS store was quite large and spacious. It's a very deep building, with an open courtyard out the back with trees.

The SDS store building was newly built when Westfield BJ re-opened a few years ago (2004 I think).

http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/9403/applestorew.jpg

It's the perfect spot for Apple. Fairly high pedestrian traffic. That short strip of Oxford Street is bus lane only. It's not far from Bondi Junction station either, 100m or so.

It'll be standalone, unlike the mall stores at Chatswood, Chadstone etc. Maybe Apple's second Australian flagship?

Perhaps something like this? Except only 2 levels.

http://images.apple.com/retail/boylstonstreet/images/boylston_gallery_photo1.jpg

jeloz
11th January 2010, 07:25 AM
I'm just a bit obsessed with this store for some reason!

Haha thanks, I'm actually the iPhone Software Engineer for Syncode (http://www.syncode.com.au), so I've made 3 rather cool iPhone/Mac apps :)


It's cool...we all need hobbies!
Nice work on 3 APPS....hope they make u some money!

Off to westfield BJ now...

Jeloz

matthew858
11th January 2010, 09:33 AM
Actually, 213 Oxford St is the site that you photographed (the former Surf Dive 'n' Ski store).


Oh wow, using the Roxy store in the background and Google Maps, yes, that site is 213 Oxford St. I've corrected all of my posts, and it seems we have found the store.

Japester
11th January 2010, 09:40 AM
We could do with another store in Sydney CBD. The George Street store is very busy and you have to book about a week in advance to get into the Genius Bar these days. When the store opened you could walk in and be seen within about half an hour, without booking. Those days are over.

So, mostly for the Genius Bar, I'd like to see another one.

matthew858
11th January 2010, 11:57 AM
OK, now the real detective work can begin.

The site is 213 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction.
On 8/9/09 a DA was lodged (https://epwgate.waverley.nsw.gov.au/ePathway/Production/Web/GeneralEnquiry/EnquiryDetailView.aspx?Id=216287) for "Refurbishment of existing shop including new shopfront & other alterations." and was subsequently fast-tracked and approved on 21/10/09. Who is behind the application? None other than Kell & Rigby, Apple's favourite Australian builders.

On 17/12/09 a construction certificate was lodged (https://epwgate.waverley.nsw.gov.au/ePathway/Production/Web/GeneralEnquiry/EnquiryDetailView.aspx?Id=218453) by, who else, Kell & Rigby on the same site, and subsequently approved by Waverly Council. Now this is a bit close to Christmas, so work is only just starting on the site now. The Apple Job offers were posted when the recruiting firm got back to work, after the Christmas break. Why not post the job offers before Christmas? The firm would have closed before the construction certificate was approved.



So, confirmed, the Apple Store Bondi location is:
213 Oxford Street,
Bondi Junction, NSW, 2022


Hat tip to cjuiz for tipping me off that I got the street number wrong, after not realising what side of the road I was on when I took the picture :)

jeloz
11th January 2010, 02:26 PM
Some shots for you all..

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Japester
11th January 2010, 02:28 PM
Thanks for that. It looks like a great location. Pity about that garish yellow chemist next door. I wonder if Apple will encourage them to move on?

opilot87
11th January 2010, 02:38 PM
Not too sure of the exact location, but I'm suprised Apple chose it. Just doesn't seem like an upmarket location. At with a bright yellow 'Australia's Cheapest Chemist' shop next door? Seriously?

Ollie

jeloz
11th January 2010, 02:42 PM
Not too sure of the exact location, but I'm suprised Apple chose it. Just doesn't seem like an upmarket location. At with a bright yellow 'Australia's Cheapest Chemist' shop next door? Seriously?

Ollie

Everyone needs a chemist :)

+ we are still in rumour land??

Jeloz

Japester
11th January 2010, 02:43 PM
I've noticed one other ugly thing they'll need to remove: the long billboard at the top of the outside of the building. I can't see Apple having a billboard on their building.

This is an excellent location. The glass bridge you see connects the two major halves of the shopping centre. With Apple outside, it's in on the high-class action (ignore the bright yellow chemist) but it's distinctive, instead of being inside the main complex, like the one in Chatswood. This gives it real character and will suck people out of the shopping centre proper and onto the street. The proximity to two major ground-level entrances to the centre makes it easy to get to from within the centre. I think this will be huge.

matthew858
11th January 2010, 02:52 PM
+ we are still in rumour land??


I think it's confirmed. We've got pics from every angle, location, money grants, development applications, construction approval, the list goes on.

Nice work on the photos, by the way!


I've noticed one other ugly thing they'll need to remove: the long billboard at the top of the outside of the building. I can't see Apple having a billboard on their building.

It's now Apple's site, they can do what they want with it (within reason), and I'm sure they will remove the billboard.

With the yellow chemist, I think Apple will just pay them out, then close it down and make it an employee entrance or something like that.

MrJesseRoss
11th January 2010, 03:00 PM
Well, the shape certainly fits!

I don't see any problem with the chemist. The other side is the shopping centre, so that's obviously the main focus. As for the billboard, well, an Apple ad will just have to go up there, won't it? :P



With the yellow chemist, I think Apple will just pay them out, then close it down and make it an employee entrance or something like that.

I think a discount chemist chain would be preferable to an empty space.

matthew858
11th January 2010, 03:14 PM
Well, the shape certainly fits!


Yep, that's what I first spotted yesterday that led me to believe it is the right site.


I don't see any problem with the chemist. The other side is the shopping centre, so that's obviously the main focus. As for the billboard, well, an Apple ad will just have to go up there, won't it? :P


The wall will probably get knocked down and replaced with a glass megawall.

mattydee
11th January 2010, 03:21 PM
do we think it could look like this?

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2629/4098238845_aac2940f0e.jpg

glass roof and front - they certainly have the room

cjuiz
11th January 2010, 05:34 PM
Not too sure of the exact location, but I'm suprised Apple chose it. Just doesn't seem like an upmarket location. At with a bright yellow 'Australia's Cheapest Chemist' shop next door? Seriously?

Ollie


The chemist is probably the cheapest business in that area. If it was within the Westfield complex, it probably wouldn't be a chemist. It's in the street between the two fashion hubs.

Stores within close proximity to the Apple site are: Armani, Guess, French Connection, Esprit, Kookai, General Pants, CUE, Country Road.

opilot87
11th January 2010, 05:46 PM
The chemist is probably the cheapest business in that area. If it was within the Westfield complex, it probably wouldn't be a chemist. It's in the street between the two fashion hubs.

Stores within close proximity to the Apple site are: Armani, Guess, French Connection, Esprit, Kookai, General Pants, CUE, Country Road.

Fair enough. I'm guessing maybe Apple thought that once they open it will be a much more prized location and likewise rent will increase for nearby stores, forcing the chemist to move on to a cheaper location.

Ollie

MrJesseRoss
11th January 2010, 06:01 PM
You guys know that Chemist Warehouse is a massive 4,000 store chain, right? They're not going to be forced out just because Apple's next to them.

Edit: The one I often go to is in Adelaide Central Plaza, amongst David Jones and a bunch of upmarket fashion stores. It's basically the JB HiFi of chemists.

jeloz
11th January 2010, 07:47 PM
now on iFO Applestore - http://www.ifoapplestore.com/db/2010/01/06/third-sydney-area-store-confirmed/

canonafficionado
11th January 2010, 08:38 PM
Great shot jeloz - from every angle! Good bit of work everyone in piecing this all together, and to you Matthew in leading the charge.

If anyone has got time and is the area, Waverley Council (in Spring St Bondi) will make more of the details available about this development over the counter so we may be able to find out even more.

Will just need to quote the DA number - DA481/2009 - and I think there should be some reasonable sketches of the place.

matthew858
11th January 2010, 08:43 PM
Great shot jeloz - from every angle! Good bit of work everyone in piecing this all together, and to you Matthew in leading the charge.

If anyone has got time and is the area, Waverley Council (in Spring St Bondi) will make more of the details available about this development over the counter so we may be able to find out even more.

Will just need to quote the DA number - DA481/2009 - and I think there should be some reasonable sketches of the place.

Thanks!

How much information does Kell & Rigby have to provide to Waverly Council? I think the only information we still don't have a blueprints or concept sketches, everything else we've found on the internet or we've obtained.

canonafficionado
11th January 2010, 08:53 PM
This is only a part of what Waverley Council ask for in their dev application, but items (b) and (k) would really show us the visuals we want, so we know what it looks like now and we'll know roughly what it will look like when done.

Also anyone know what the cost of the Brisbane and other stores was and how this compares?

http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/3249/screenshot20100111at947.png

matthew858
11th January 2010, 09:03 PM
I believe the cost of the Sydney store was around $15 million, with a fair slice of it going towards the glass.

The Waverly council chambers are at:
Bondi Road and Paul Street,
Bondi Junction NSW 2022

Unfortunately I live about an hours drive away so I can't fetch the information myself, otherwise I'd be going there first thing tomorrow!

Edit: There appears to be a bus stop right outside the store. I'm sure Apple will see that as an issue as the glass would constantly be covered, but a convenience for shoppers!

canonafficionado
11th January 2010, 09:12 PM
Great! So making a very speculative guess it probably means 2 floors with a fair bit less glass, and less money needing to be spent on dealing with the complicated access costs as there was for the George Street store.

ts10
11th January 2010, 09:15 PM
I believe the cost of the Sydney store was around $15 million, with a fair slice of it going towards the glass.

The Waverly council chambers are at:
Bondi Road and Paul Street,
Bondi Junction NSW 2022

Unfortunately I live about an hours drive away so I can't fetch the information myself, otherwise I'd be going there first thing tomorrow!

Edit: There appears to be a bus stop right outside the store. I'm sure Apple will see that as an issue as the glass would constantly be covered, but a convenience for shoppers!

there is a bus stop right outside the George St doors...

jeloz
12th January 2010, 05:20 AM
Great shot jeloz - from every angle! Good bit of work everyone in piecing this all together, and to you Matthew in leading the charge.

If anyone has got time and is the area, Waverley Council (in Spring St Bondi) will make more of the details available about this development over the counter so we may be able to find out even more.

Will just need to quote the DA number - DA481/2009 - and I think there should be some reasonable sketches of the place.

Pleasure! - great to be part of the reconnoissance team!.....

I may be able to go into the council today...(off work this week)...They are at Spring St, they moved from Bondi Rd/Paul St.

Will let u know later if i can fit it in..

Jeloz

jeloz
12th January 2010, 09:07 AM
update!

I am at Waverley Council planning (55 Spring St, BJ) and requested the files for 213 Oxford / DA481/2009

(note free wifi - nice!)

It takes circa 4 business days..

So Friday / Monday they would be available..

Monday would pose an issue for me, as I am at work and then travel to Adelaide for the rest of the week...

So...if it goes onto then and the council call me, one of you lot will need to attend???

Let me know what u think...

OK..back to my time off work :)

Jeloz

matthew858
12th January 2010, 07:55 PM
Sure, just post here if you want me to pick it up, Monday shouldn't be an issue for me to get to the Waverly Council Chambers.

Apple_4_Brisbane
12th January 2010, 08:58 PM
Exciting news!!

I went to Bondi Junction in July 2009 and I love it...I thought it would be a great site for a new Apple store and low and behold, we have got one coming!!

Excellent work by you guys who have been out scouting potential sites!! I look forward to visiting this site for updates and (eventually) visiting the new store!!

It is great that it looks like Apple are going for a bit more than a mall store...a two level store fronting Oxford Street will be a good spot and help to activate the streets around WBJ a little more. Perhaps we will see some more international retailers open up in and around WBJ, following in Apple's lead :D

What sort of impact do you guys think this will have on the Apple Academy in Bondi Junction?

HarbieBoys
15th January 2010, 10:52 PM
How far along is construction on the site? I thought one of the earlier posts talked about hiring for the store for mid-2010?

matthew858
15th January 2010, 10:53 PM
The construction is yet to begin, with the construction certificate only just being granted by the council (17/12/09).

mattydee
16th January 2010, 12:22 AM
anyone get to the offices yesterday?

jeloz
16th January 2010, 11:07 AM
anyone get to the offices yesterday?

They did not call me and now I am about to travel for work, I will PM matthew the details though i would expect when the files come up at the office, just my name will suffice.

Jeloz

matthew858
16th January 2010, 09:05 PM
Alright, I'm heading to the Council on either Monday or Tuesday (whenever I get a break) and will post the results right here, and mail them to Jeloz if he wants.

canonafficionado
17th January 2010, 01:18 AM
Great to hear you managed to get a request in guys and that they're pulling the plans out as we speak.

There's a good chance they wont allow copying or have much there but hopefully it's not a Mission Impossible either!

matthew858
17th January 2010, 09:52 AM
Yeah, I'm concerned (having never requested a DA before) about what I can actually do with the documents.

I've been spending my Sunday reading Government legislation (http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/lga1993182/s12.html) (as you do) pertaining to the requesting of development applications. The issue that I've found is that one of the only reasons why I might not be able to view the DA is because it "reveals trade secrets". If someone does tell me that, I'll still try and get the images within the DA that display just the outside of the building.

Does anyone know if I will be given a copy of the DA, or just some time to look and memorise them? Also, what actually defines a "trade secret", and would a retail outlet possibly fall into this category?

mattydee
17th January 2010, 10:12 AM
Also, what actually defines a "trade secret", and would a retail outlet possibly fall into this category?
maybe the techniques for the glass joinery, how they cable the floors so all tables have power, how they put the airports in the roof for maximum reception - stuff that gives them an advantage over the competition

matthew858
17th January 2010, 10:15 AM
Ah, but does that much detail have to be given in a Development Application?

mattydee
17th January 2010, 10:25 AM
Ah, but does that much detail have to be given in a Development Application?

i'd say it would if they were closing the street :)

DJY
18th January 2010, 06:43 PM
Alright, I'm heading to the Council on either Monday or Tuesday (whenever I get a break) and will post the results right here, and mail them to Jeloz if he wants.

Did you get the chance to get into the Council today Matthew858...
or will you be heading in tomorrow?

Don't want to sound pushy... just keen to hear / see details!

matthew858
18th January 2010, 06:44 PM
Sorry no, I should have mentioned that I plan on visiting tomorrow afternoon.

canonafficionado
18th January 2010, 10:54 PM
I don't think they'll give a full copy or anything like that, I think the normal procedure is they let you look at the plans that they approved and hold on file and they rovide a reading table or something like that to browse. They've got people in every day of the week looking at business, housing and other plans so they'll have some kind of process to make it reasonable.

When it comes to trade secrets i'd agree with the comments here, it is certainly not limited to the products itself and things like methods, systems and processes can also be included, though they'll only put in the bits that they absolutely have to in the plans. Given the LGA legislation you refer to, it also looks like they'll be required mainly to show how it appears externally rather than much of the internal views.

Will be a interesting experience one way or another!

matthew858
18th January 2010, 10:57 PM
Do you think I can sneak in pictures from my iPhone? I'd love to be able to post some pictures here!

It's a bit weird how it takes them a week to get the plans from their archives, yet you can only sit at a table and read them.

canonafficionado
18th January 2010, 11:15 PM
haha...been a while since I've seen this movie but didn't he have a usb or a zip drive plus special glasses that can film everything?

http://blogs.sunherald.com.au/whoweare/mission.jpg

matthew858
19th January 2010, 11:35 AM
I've had a slight issue.

Before trekking over to Bondi, I thought I'd ring the council to see if they had the file for viewing. I was told that it takes 2 weeks to get the file (it's been 1 week), as they are inundated with requests at the moment. So sorry everyone, no Apple Store pictures for another week.

Jeloz, I've been told that the only indication that the file is ready is that you get a call from the council, and this can come any time between now and the end of next week.

gikku
19th January 2010, 07:26 PM
Any visibility on the length of leases Apple are signing?
What would they have signed up to for the Sydney store? 10years is a long time in computers but retail, not so much?
10+10+10 or what?

jeloz
23rd January 2010, 03:43 PM
Sorry no, I should have mentioned that I plan on visiting tomorrow afternoon.

hey, i am back from Adelaide now however will be south of sydney all week except Thursday, if you dont get in by then let me know and i will go on Thurs, they never called me but I am presuming the file is now in the front office etc

Jeloz

jeloz
23rd January 2010, 03:47 PM
I've had a slight issue.

Before trekking over to Bondi, I thought I'd ring the council to see if they had the file for viewing. I was told that it takes 2 weeks to get the file (it's been 1 week), as they are inundated with requests at the moment. So sorry everyone, no Apple Store pictures for another week.

Jeloz, I've been told that the only indication that the file is ready is that you get a call from the council, and this can come any time between now and the end of next week.

missed this post!
jeloz

Apple_4_Brisbane
28th January 2010, 06:18 PM
Any news??
Two weeks now right?

Apple_4_Brisbane
10th March 2010, 09:00 PM
Seriously, what is the go here? It's been ages since someone was going to go and get details from the local council...what happened?

DJY
2nd April 2010, 11:50 AM
Looks like nothing happened.
No / slow news from Bondi and little / slow movement in Perth it seems?

Apple_4_Brisbane
30th April 2010, 10:11 AM
Anyone kind enough to take photos for us out of towners??

ZacDavies
30th April 2010, 12:08 PM
Should we take a Bondi blue iMac to the opening? Lulz

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3428/3232087439_72f0b3392f.jpg

hendot
30th April 2010, 05:41 PM
Anyone kind enough to take photos for us out of towners??
I walked past the other day and tried to have a peek through the cracks.
It looks like there is a long way to go yet.

Apple_Insider
1st May 2010, 01:41 PM
All contractors are to be completed all work by the 15th of this month. With the store opening not long after....

It is moving along well with some new things never seen inside an Australian Apple store, Stay tuned.

Apple_4_Brisbane
1st May 2010, 04:30 PM
All contractors are to be completed all work by the 15th of this month. With the store opening not long after....

It is moving along well with some new things never seen inside an Australian Apple store, Stay tuned.


Thanks for the update!!

Do you have a source?

I wonder how big the floorspace is? And it is 2 stories right?

D_W_Y
1st May 2010, 09:44 PM
i dont see why they dont open up way more shops all over the place. theres nothing too fancy to them just desks with show models of each product.

Apple_Insider
3rd May 2010, 05:39 PM
Thanks for the update!!

Do you have a source?

I wonder how big the floorspace is? And it is 2 stories right?

I am my own source.... I Cannot say my involvement in the stores so lets just leave it at that.

Bondi is only 1 floor but has a very big floor space. And some things out of the ordionary.

I have a complete apple set of plans, Will go to the highest bidder hahaha

Perth is well on its way to be complete also and Castle Hill will be in full swing next week.

cjuiz
8th May 2010, 05:28 PM
I walked past today. Looks like they've gutted the entire store and removed the mezzanine level.

It's a bit hard to tell, but it looks like they've put in a glass roof, like the Upper West Side (http://www.apple.com/retail/upperwestside/) Broadway store. There was a lot of light streaming in from the top.

When Surf Dive n Ski was there, there used to be a little courtyard out the back.

I could still see a tree sitting at the back of the site. So perhaps they'll be retaining the courtyard, or at least utilising it in some other manner.

Perhaps Bondi will feature the "atrium-style" concept.

Apple developing new atrium-style retail store (with trees!) concept | 9 to 5 Mac (http://www.9to5mac.com/apple_tree_house_20288)


There's definitely still a lot of work that needs to be done.


http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/9305/img2024ft.jpg

jack112006
8th May 2010, 06:02 PM
I walked past today. Looks like they've gutted the entire store and removed the mezzanine level.

It's a bit hard to tell, but it looks like they've put in a glass roof, like the Upper West Side (http://www.apple.com/retail/upperwestside/) Broadway store. There was a lot of light streaming in from the top.

When Surf Dive n Ski was there, there used to be a little courtyard out the back.

I could still see a tree sitting at the back of the site. So perhaps they'll be retaining the courtyard, or at least utilising it in some other manner.

Perhaps Bondi will feature the "atrium-style" concept.

Apple developing new atrium-style retail store (with trees!) concept | 9 to 5 Mac (http://www.9to5mac.com/apple_tree_house_20288)


There's definitely still a lot of work that needs to be done.


http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/9305/img2024ft.jpg

Looking at that this store could wind up looking a lot like the Scottsdale, Arizona store. I personally think it is one of the nicest stores.

Apple Retail Store - Scottsdale Quarter (http://www.apple.com/retail/scottsdalequarter/)

canonafficionado
8th May 2010, 06:17 PM
Thanks for the updates and photos! Good to hear it's getting closer to opening too.

Joey1983
8th May 2010, 08:26 PM
Ha, you beat me to it. I was over there today as well.

Got a peak inside, the floorspace looks HUGE.
And yep, right up the back, Tree's...

Saw at least two fairly large tree's up the back of the store (please tell me they're Apple tree's :p), with a section of glass roof above them.

Got a few photo's, wanted to get right up close but there was a dude standing guard.
(P.S. Sorry about the crappy photo's, only had my iPhone with me).

http://img.skitch.com/20100508-csmygu3inbg92cf5bpbhgk6fs7.jpg

http://img.skitch.com/20100508-n4413aitn47kpp3gux1tsy6nfe.jpg

http://img.skitch.com/20100508-fk8xkk4wqk83tefawun659wny8.jpg

SOH
9th May 2010, 11:08 AM
All contractors are to be completed all work by the 15th of this month. With the store opening not long after.....

Probably looking to open the store on iPad day or the Saturday. It would make perfect sense to have a product launch coincide with a store opening.

cjuiz
9th May 2010, 10:38 PM
Went past tonight. Contractors were still there around 8.30pm.

Got quick peek inside. This store is going to be huge.

WindowsVista
9th May 2010, 10:45 PM
Went past tonight. Contractors were still there around 8.30pm.

Got quick peek inside. This store is going to be huge.

8:30 on a Sunday night? Blooooody hell! Sounds like someone is in a rush!

Apple_4_Brisbane
10th May 2010, 01:06 AM
Do we have any idea of the GFA of this store?

I really hope it turns out something like the store on the Upper West Side in NYC...

http://gigapple.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/apple_store_upper_west_side_ny.jpg

Apple_4_Brisbane
11th May 2010, 01:42 AM
Something which might interest y'all (but doesn't make sense to me and quite frankly seems weird)

Exclusive Spy Shot – Apple’s first “atrium-designed” retail store being built in Sydney?
Posted by Kim Heras on May 10th, 2010

A spy pic, exclusive to The Next Web Australia shows a new Apple retail store being built in Sydney, Australia, and evidence points to it being the first “atrium-designed” store in the world.

The new store, which Australian site MacTalk discovered was advertising for positions earlier this year, is being built in Bondi Junction (just up the hill from iconic Bondi Beach) and is part of the Westfield shopping centre.

It has been shrouded in black board and cloth for months since construction started and is manned by security around the clock.

This weekend, however, the workers let their guard down for a few short minutes and we’ve managed to get our hands on a pic, which lets you see inside and a bit of the façade.

While the picture we received isn’t super clear (our source said they tried to get closer to take pics but were told to move on), there are a few things to note:

Check out the size of the trees inside the building. We’re told those trees are about 5-6 metres inside the front door –so they’re definitely going to be a key part of the shop. Also, using the scale of the dude at the front door you’d say the trees would have to be at least 15-20 feet tall.

Our source tells us that the trees are covered in natural light (not coming from the street if the darkness of the pic is any evidence) which suggests that there’s glass roofing

Looks like it’s going to be glassed faced (the framing around the door and the the nature of the material covering the front door suggests that it will be replaced by glass)

It will probably be one floor (if the height of the trees is any indication) but then again if I remember correctly, the old ‘Surf Dive n Ski’ (an action sports retail chain) that was on that spot had a mezzanine level over half the floor, so there may be a small second floor

Speaking of the old Surf Dive n Ski, there was a courtyard out the back, so that would fit in well with the new atrium style design if that’s what they decided to go ahead with.

Rumour has it that a limited edition, “Bondi Blue” version of the new iMacs will be available on the launch day (…OK… I made that one up…)

There’s no opening date announced yet but my prediction is that the shop will open in line with a product launch. May 28 (when iPads drop in Australia) is probably a little too soon, but July for the rumoured iPhone 4G release sounds about right.


---
There is a pic on the site
Exclusive Spy Shot – Apple’s first ?atrium-designed? retail store being built in Sydney? (http://thenextweb.com/au/2010/05/10/exclusive-spy-shot-apples-first-%E2%80%9Catrium-designed%E2%80%9D-retail-store-being-built-in-sydney/)

ZacDavies
11th May 2010, 02:01 AM
^ re-hosted that image in case Apple issues a take down..

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/3302/applestore1.gif

sleek881
11th May 2010, 02:33 AM
The would really be pushing it to get it finished in 17 days. There would be a lot of work to be done on the inside which no-one can see.

BlueBucket
19th May 2010, 10:18 AM
A friend of a friend who has completed his training has said that it is planned to open either on the day or the day before the iPad launch (May 28th). Of course, this all depends on the work being completed, but based on past store openings, they can really get things finished quick if required. :)

Can't wait for it and Castle Hill to open - will relieve the pressure on the current genius bars - can never ever get an appointment at Chatswood.

Yay for the iPad!

MacMad

Apple_4_Brisbane
19th May 2010, 05:31 PM
I found this on the Next Web website.

It is a comment posted about a possible 'atrium/glasshouse' inspired store...and I like the sound of it a lot more than the glasshouse idea.


The building wont have an atrium. The interior designed will be heavily based on “Bondi Beach”.
There will also be sand inside to stimulate a beach atmospehere.
You heard it first.

If it is cool, it'd be awesome!! Apple has already used Bondi as inspiration for its products...so a Bondi inspired store is a great idea.

LINK:
Exclusive Spy Shot – Apple’s first ?atrium-designed? retail store being built in Sydney? (http://thenextweb.com/au/2010/05/10/exclusive-spy-shot-apples-first-%E2%80%9Catrium-designed%E2%80%9D-retail-store-being-built-in-sydney/)

mtchairs
25th May 2010, 12:39 AM
Anyone going to the opening to buy their iPad? Makes we wish I hadn't already pre-ordered one! Apple Retail Store - Bondi (http://www.apple.com/au/retail/bondi/)

cjuiz
25th May 2010, 12:46 AM
So it opens this Friday.

They work fast...

halfthai
25th May 2010, 01:07 AM
I only live around the corner from there! I might head in early to queue up for a 64GB 3G, awesome.

walkingbass
25th May 2010, 06:33 AM
The Bondi retail store is now on the apple interwebs: Apple Retail Store - Bondi (http://www.apple.com/au/retail/bondi/)

It opens this Friday (May 28) at 8:00am.

See you there!

Edit: Sorry for the double post.

smackbang
25th May 2010, 09:19 AM
But it's not in Bondi!

It's in Bondi Junction!

Bondi is a separate suburb, further down towards the beach. There's Bondi Junction, Bondi and Bondi Beach - they are three distinct suburbs. And the Apple Store is in Bondi Junction.

Anyway, apart from Apple getting the address of their own store wrong, this is awesome news. Can't wait to visit.

kevinnugent
25th May 2010, 09:42 AM
But it's not in Bondi!

It's in Bondi Junction!

Bondi is a separate suburb, further down towards the beach. There's Bondi Junction, Bondi and Bondi Beach - they are three distinct suburbs. And the Apple Store is in Bondi Junction.

Anyway, apart from Apple getting the address of their own store wrong, this is awesome news. Can't wait to visit.

They didn't get the address wrong. Apple knows no-one cares about what you tack onto "Bondi" to have an address. And if they do care, they'll just get the city to change the name for them! :)

smackbang
25th May 2010, 10:18 AM
They didn't get the address wrong. Apple knows no-one cares about what you tack onto "Bondi" to have an address. And if they do care, they'll just get the city to change the name for them! :)

Hey, they're not the only ones not to know the difference - the Myer in WBJ advertises itself as Myer Bondi, not Bondi Junction.

Anyway, back on topic - can any-one get pre-opening day photos?!

SOH
25th May 2010, 04:05 PM
Anyway, back on topic - can any-one get pre-opening day photos?!

If the store is as special as I have read in this forum, I'd say don't be so eager to get pics like that. It'd just ruin the surprise of whatever is in there.
I walked past today and they were keeping it pretty tightly shut, not letting anyone look in.

As for the opening day, I'll be there buying my iPad :D

halfthai
25th May 2010, 06:56 PM
What time you guys thinking about queuing up? I was thinking of getting there at 6am, but am worried that might be too late. (Insert paranoia of having to wait till mid-June for an iPad)

Pharaohsam
25th May 2010, 07:11 PM
does anyone know when the westfield car park opens?

MattJelonek
26th May 2010, 07:51 PM
I miss out by a day going! Damn!

Back to Apple Store-less Perth tomorrow....

roboboy
27th May 2010, 05:47 PM
should be in attendance at the opening. I was at WBJ just yesterday and the covers were coming off due to the strong winds. You could see glimpses of inside but the fascade was still covered by opaque temporary cladding.

roboboy
27th May 2010, 05:49 PM
What time you guys thinking about queuing up? I was thinking of getting there at 6am, but am worried that might be too late. (Insert paranoia of having to wait till mid-June for an iPad)

Ill probably rock up @ around 7:30, havent pre-ordered either...hope I'm able to get my hands on one.

DJY
27th May 2010, 07:17 PM
Any locals swung past tonight to see how it is progressing?
I saw the article posted in here (from one of the papers) that made it look FAR from close to being able to open tomorrow?

halfthai
27th May 2010, 07:21 PM
Posted a photo here. (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/19/85717-apple-store-bondi-opens-28th-may-2.html#post978098)

I think it's definitely opening, but not sure what time I'll head in, weather looks a bit grisly.

DJY
27th May 2010, 07:53 PM
Posted a photo here. (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/19/85717-apple-store-bondi-opens-28th-may-2.html#post978098)

I think it's definitely opening, but not sure what time I'll head in, weather looks a bit grisly.

thanks mate.
looks like there will be a lot of people very busy in the next 12 hours!
Your photo was 5.11pm...
let's look forward to see what the first photo looks like in the morning!

yjs
27th May 2010, 08:00 PM
Trying to decide between going to the new Bondi store to get my iPad or the George St flagship store...

MattJelonek
28th May 2010, 06:47 PM
The verdict?

roboboy
29th May 2010, 08:03 AM
the weather held up very nicely.

Pictures(AdobeFlash Slideshow) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickw168/sets/72157624030119979/show/)


Pictures (not flash) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nickw168/sets/72157624030119979/detail/)

sleek881
30th May 2010, 03:03 PM
Like the way they put the trees in the floor

stewiesno1
2nd June 2010, 01:27 PM
Thanks for the link to your photos roboboy.
Now I don't have to drive across the bridge. :)
Very swish too I might add.
Nice touch with the trees but I wonder how long they'll last under artificial lights ?

Stewie

ZacDavies
2nd June 2010, 04:38 PM
There is a skylight above the trees

idiesel
2nd June 2010, 07:06 PM
looks too sterile - like it's a clearance warehouse