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nice one.....but I think they would be better suited at Yonge and Bloor....on Bloor, not trashy Yonge.

Vaughan Mills???
it's a desolate urban sprawl waste land up there!
 

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About time... I've been waiting for this for quite some time now. Awesome news! ;)
 

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Interesting rumour. I've always maintained Yorkdale as the premier location.

I can see Toronto sustaining one store but two? I know the Apple resellers may have something negative to say but I feel that a genuine, in your face Apple Store can be nothing but good news. Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing one for themselves will understand. The set up is geared to lure PC folks in for a look.
No offence to our many wonderful dealers in the GTA but you really must already have the desire to purchase an Apple product to find these places. I will continue to support my favourite reseller

Having said all the above I'll believe this tidbit of news when I line up for opening day.
 

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Desolate urban wasteland? What, you want to upset the 905ers in the house? (;->)) Actually, it's a good locale because it's got scads of space for parking... and we all know how important our cars are, here in the GTA. (;->))

As for the Eaton Centre, sounds good to me - better than Yonge & Bloor any day... parking again. Not that downtown isn't a gridlocked nightmare already. Still, what they'd lose in practicality (in terms of customers getting there quickly and easily) they'd gain in prestige and centrality of the locale; pretty high-profile to locate an Apple store anywhere in the centre core, I'd say.

All the same, I'll take this rumour with a grain of salt - I'm not holding my breath for ITMS to come to Canada either. But if it is true, how will that impact places like Carbon Computing and CPused? They'd still get lots of local business, but much depends on the price differentials on Macs themselves... still, it can't be welcome news to dedicated, long-time Mac resellers.

Although I suppose the writing has been on the wall for some time now.
 

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Two Apple stores in Toronto is overkill. IMHO... I would have preferred one of them to be in Montreal which is a wee bit closer, but I'm sure if the rumor is true, then there will be more stores across Canada in the (near?) future.

An Apple store in Ottawa would be sweet seeing the obvious lack of competition and customer service here.
 

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905'ers, my apologies....but I used to work at 400/Langstaff and, well, it was awful!

I envisioned the Apple Store to be like the Chicago, Michigan Avenue location.....beautiful!
Not in a stinking Mall on the outskirts on the city that you can only drive to. (or a very long TTC ride)

sorry....I messed up, you can delete this
 

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905'ers, my apologies....but I used to work at 400/Langstaff and, well, it was awful!

I envisioned the Apple Store to be like the Chicago, Michigan Avenue location.....beautiful!
Not in a stinking Mall on the outskirts of the city that you can only drive to. (or a very long TTC ride)
 

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I speak for myself, a person who happens to work for an Apple reseller. This opinion does not necessarily reflect Carbon Computing.

I'm looking forward to it. I have been to a few Apple stores and think they're great. They are a lot like the Gap but sell Apple Computers instead of jeans.

For home users and people who just want to pick up an iMac or Photoshop it will be great.

For people who want more specialized solutions or people who want to develop a reseller-buyer relationship Carbon (or other resellers) would probably be a better fit.

I have been here for almost 4 years and I have customers who deal with me because I have been to their office, I have sold them all their gear and I know what they need to buy to best fit their needs. This kind of relationship is not something that an Apple-branded store provides.
 

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While I suspect that the specialist resellers are going to survive I doubt that Apple's relationships with stores such as CompuSmart and Future Shop will.

Personally, I'm rooting for the Eaton Center location but that's because it's a ten minute walk to my apartment.
 

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I think Apple should hitch their retail wagon to IKEA. They're both about lifestyle and design - lots of display area - lots of traffic - millions of students - lots of integration and growth potential. IKEA uses Apple props in most of its displays anyway. And quite a lot of their stuff looks exactly like the G5. Hey, Apple and IKEA could even put together an AQUA furniture suite - so your room and desktop would be in complete harmony.
 

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I'm not holding my breath for ITMS to come to Canada either.
It is coming. There's just been a lot of wrangles with the Canadian Artists associations and figuring out how to charge taxes (GST, the various PSTs or the HST).

They are a lot like the Gap but sell Apple Computers instead of jeans.
Mickey Drexler, CEO of Gap Inc. was on Apple's board of directors. Thus, the style, design and marketing influences.

I envisioned the Apple Store to be like the Chicago, Michigan Avenue location.....beautiful!
Not in a stinking Mall on the outskirts of the city that you can only drive to.
I agree, yet in Buffalo, it's located in the Walden Galleria - similar to Yorkdale/Sherway Gardens in upscale leanings.

I've been to the flagship store in New York's SOHO district and I don't think that anything can match this experience (okay maybe the Tokyo store on the Ginza).
 

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vacuvox: I think you have a terrific idea, I wonder if anyone at Apple has considered it.

Looks like the rumour has finally been proved true.
 

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There are many Apple Stores in malls in the USA. this is nothing new. Yorkdale is the busiest mall in Canada. It's a no-brainer to put an Apple Store there.

If they were to put another Apple Store in the GTA (and I think it should be Montreal for the second one, myself), they may go Bloor near Yonge. They do like those trendy shopping areas.
 

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Yorkdale is 40 years old this year. The Mac is 10 years old this year. Steve Jobs was 49 years old yesterday. Heck, time stands still for no one.

If they build a store(s) in Toronto there will be one less reason to go to Buffalo (leaving me with exactly zero reasons).
 

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From the Mayors link:
One rumored location is the Yorkdale Shopping Center, a 1.6-million-square-foot venue which is home to other flagship outlets such as the Sony Store. The mall ranks as third largest shopping centre in Canada,
Why wouldn't they built it the WORLD'S largest mall in Edmonton, never mind some small mall in Yorkdale?

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