Apple proposes new flagship store in the MaCarthur Chambers building while other international retailers scout CBD for space.
Brisbane’s CBD is currently undergoing extensive retail change with the introduction of international retail outlets who are scouting around for new retail space in the CBD. Today however, BD Online can confirm that a proposal for a new Apple Flagship store has been submitted in the MaCarthur Chambers building on the corner of Queen and Edward Street.
The historic space formerly housed Dymocks before its relocation to Brisbane Central. The Flagship Apple store redevelopment includes a three level restoration of the historic interior, with two levels open to the public. The restoration will bring back the building’s original bronze style doors as well as missing stone wall panels. A new feature stairwell to the mezzanine level will also be built.
The total floor area of the store which includes the basement level is 1,942m2. Apple have a history of taking up space in older historically significant buildings overseas, therefore the new MaCarthur Chambers store will be Australia’s largest and first character flagship store. It is also designed to “create a high quality retail outlet which showcases the architectural qualities of the original Assurance Chamber and adds contemporary elements of comparable quality”. The whole proposal can be viewed here.
Meanwhile, international Spanish retailer Zara is also looking around the CBD for its first Queensland store following the opening of Zara store Sydney. The retail chain is rumoured to take up a lease of the current three level Borders site on the corner of Elizabeth and Albert Streets once Borders vacates the space within the next few months.
Gap and Gucci are also searching for space within the CBD, while Swarovski, Rodd & Gunn and R.M Williams have taken up Flagship positions in stage one of the Wintergarden Redevelopment. Today, Chanel confirmed that it would open it’s first Queensland store in Queens Plaza by early October this year.