Apple continues to examine possible retail space for a flagship Toronto store, according to sources. We’ve been told that Apple has been in talks for the retail space indicated in the image above. The photo represents a possible Apple Store flagship at 100 Bloor Street West, which would replace a Roots store that currently occupies that corner.
We’ve been told that Roots will vacate its 100 Bloor flagship in early 2014 and that the landlord is looking to replace it with a high-profile retailer. Apple would certainly fit that description. Roots plans to move to a much smaller retail space at 89 Bloor Street West.
We’re not yet sure if Apple will end up at 100 Bloor, as sources also inform us that Apple is considering space at 1 Bloor Street East, another large retail development to eventually be located in the area. 1 Bloor St. E. could be an even more prominent location for Apple than 100 Bloor, given that it stands at the very prominent corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets. A flagship Apple store in the Yonge/Dundas Square area is also a possibility, though we don’t yet have information where. Potential Apple retail space could become available, however, once Sears vacates its Toronto Eaton Centre location in February.
We’ll follow up this article with one outlining the possibility of other retailers moving into 100 Bloor. A substantial amount of retail space may come to market, paving the way for some exciting flagship retailers on Bloor Street.
We’ll also keep you updated on where Toronto’s flagship Apple store will be located. We’ve been told that it’s not a matter of “if” an Apple flagship opens; the real question is “when and where”.