The Champs-Élysées in Paris is the Mecca of shopping in France. Its swanky shops, cinemas, and cafés, ooze with exuberant fashions that appear far more sophisticated than any European counterpart. It’s the perfect place for a Mega-Apple Store, and if rumors are to be believed, Apple may be planning to move in pretty soon.
British retailer Virigin is planning to ditch its prestigious location on the Champs-Élysées due steeply declining sales which have made their 75,000 square-feet lease too expensive to maintain. So who is planning to take over such a huge retail location? If reports are to be believed it appears that Apple is looking to move into the property, which would become the largest Apple Store in the world. Nothing official has been announced as of yet, so this is still just a rumor.
Considering the fact that Apple is the largest and most admired company in the world, the idea of having a monstrous store in the heart of one of the most prestigious shopping districts in the world seems like a natural fit. Apple’s largest retail store is located at Covent Garden in London, boasting an area of 25,000 square feet, which means Apple’s Mega-Store in Paris could be three-times that size if they opt to lease the entire property that Virgin is vacating.
We heard reports this week that Tim Cook was in Paris for unknown reasons. A quick trip to view the retail space before flying back to Cupertino to prep for the iPad 3 keynote is definitely a possibility. Or maybe he was just really craving a nice baguette.