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Old Aug 16th, 2007, 08:30 AM   #31
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Photograph of the BCBG clothing store located in the building at 1300 Sainte-Catherine ouest.

1300 SAINTE-CATHERINE O Magasins Ville-Marie (Centre-Ville) Montreal
"In the 1300 block" isn't at all the same as "taking over the BCBG space at #1300."

I'd be surprised if that turns out to be the actual location. But if it does, at least those ugly awnings will be gone...
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Old Aug 16th, 2007, 08:43 AM   #32
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Assuming this rumour turns out to be true, I must say I'm pretty surprised, though pleasantly so. Does this news mean (again, assuming it's true) that the Laval Apple Store is doing really well?

Apple must see a huge opportunity in Montreal to put a flagship store here, non?
Maybe. Long-term, they probably plan to have a high-visibility location in every city over a certain size. It could just be that they judge this a good time to take the plunge here. Or even just that one of their shortlisted spaces happens to have become available before a coveted space in Vancouver or wherever. Luck of the draw, as it were.
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Dunno, I think the Le Château location seems more likely.
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"In the 1300 block" isn't at all the same as "taking over the BCBG space at #1300."

I'd be surprised if that turns out to be the actual location. But if it does, at least those ugly awnings will be gone...
I agree. I can't see them legally being able to cover such a beautiful historic building in stainless steel. The stores just in from that though, perhaps....

Oooohhhh! This is going to be dangerous.... I can actually walk there.
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I'm pretty surprised at this. I mean, I've never really seen Apple computers doing very well in Montreal, not like in Toronto.
Actually, I am too. Although it's not based in fact, it has always been my opinion that Quebecers have been reluctant to adopt Apple. Which is why I'm so pleasantly surprised about this so-calld news.

Perhaps they just felt Montreal was ripe for the picking (ahem). Or maybe it is as iMatt says, and they've had stores like this in mind all over the place and the real-estate has just come available here first.
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Actually, I am too. Although it's not based in fact, it has always been my opinion that Quebecers have been reluctant to adopt Apple. Which is why I'm so pleasantly surprised about this so-calld news.

Perhaps they just felt Montreal was ripe for the picking (ahem). Or maybe it is as iMatt says, and they've had stores like this in mind all over the place and the real-estate has just come available here first.
I don't know... Almost everyone I know here in Montreal either has a mac or is coveting one. Anyone who is reluctant is stuck on the price myth more than the system.

The location itself is perfect. Yes there are four major universities here, but Concordia University promotes macs in many of their departments, from film to music, etc.. And Concordia just happens to be a few blocks away.

Another thought I had, was Montreal is also a tourist hub practically all year round. Not only would they get Montrealers, but the tourists as well.
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...Concordia University promotes macs in many of their departments, from film to music, etc...
Actually Macs aren't nearly as prevalent as they used to be, where staff usage is concerned - now they're found only in specialised departmental pockets here & there. A few years ago there was (to put it a certain way) an upper level admin decision to banish Macs from offices. Tsk, tsk. Students however may use whatever they wish, and there are loads of Macs all over, and the computer store sells the full edu line.
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Oh. I didn't know this. I guess I know more of the students, old and young, and I've done some recording for someone in the sound studios too where I saw mac prevailing.
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Old Aug 16th, 2007, 11:24 AM   #39
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I can't see them legally being able to cover such a beautiful historic building in stainless steel.
I think they could get away with that if they really wanted to. That particular building just doesn't seem to fit the rumoured ~9,000 square feet on two levels, even with the addition you can see to the rear.

I'd also be skeptical of the Le Château space next door, mainly because it also has four and a half levels. The transformation would have to be really radical.

Assuming the rumour is true in the first place, I'd look for something boxier, with two or three sides visible from the street.
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The location itself is perfect. Yes there are four major universities here, but Concordia University promotes macs in many of their departments, from film to music, etc.. And Concordia just happens to be a few blocks away.
I think that the three major universities downtown have their own computer stores selling Macs. There was a chain of store...B.Mac(?) that failed a couple of years ago and they had a location on Ste. Catherine near Carre Phillip.

Irving le Fou (or whatever they call it) also sold/sells Macs in a small section but pretty skimpy.

Anyone else remember the old Apple retailers in the downtown core? There was one in the Camelot-Info location on Carre Phillip and then there was one a couple of blocks east of The Bay on a side street who subsequently moved to the West Island. Saw my first Lisa there.
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