Hey Bowserm, welcome to ehMac and thanks for posting!
Hope you and okcomputer will continue to keep us up-to-date and post pics of the progress and off the grand opening as well. Assuming of course, this really is an Apple Store.
Pleasure to be here. I have been here before reading random posts. It's good to have a Canadian site that everyone can relate to.
I figured it was time to signup though to give my thoughts on this Apple Store. I will keep everyone updated on what is going on. I have some contacts with the security people in the mall, so hopefully they will cough up some info for me.
The outer doors of the main foyer (immediately behind the photographer's POV in the picture posted above) have been removed, suggesting to me that the entire front entrance of the mall is going to be redeveloped as part of this project. There's also been a lot of heavy equipment (including a backhoe) parked outside the building right next to the main foyer.
It looks as though the two-storey gallery's current ceiling is being prepped for removal, and a portion of the floor has been removed near the entrance to Sears (to the left in the picture above). There's quite a bit of scaffolding going up in the entire area.
I was speaking with the head of security this morning, and he told me that no one has mentioned anything official to him. He said he heard the same rumors that we all have, as well as a rumor of a Victoria Secret moving in.... I can see it now..
Going in to pickup a new iPad, and getting a nice view of sexy lingerie at the same time. I will keep everyone updated as I hear more.
There is also talk of a Forever 21 store. I have no idea what is sold there. My guess would be realty that you have to keep forever.
I'm very excited at the possibility of an Apple store, but I do have to say that the location in the mall and the mall itself seem to be odd choices. Yes, the mall is crazy busy, but I think Mic Mac Mall does better numbers, and is more accessible to a greater number of people, as it is basically on the way into Halifax, or not far out of the way, from everywhere in NS and beyond except if you are coming from the South Shore.
The location in the mall is odd, too, as this is considering the "back" of the mall. The vast majority of customers enter from either level on the other side, though this entrance is closer to the bus stops. Then again, if Apple moves in, it will most likely change the flow of customers and also how people view the mall. That end will become a hot ticket. Haha.