Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has finally announced an official grand opening date for its long-delayed retail store in Brisbane, Australia. The new Apple Store is located in the historic MacArthur Chambers building in downtown Brisbane and will open its doors on January 17. Customers can already schedule a Genius Bar reservation through Apple’s website and various workshops and store events have also been posted.
Apple’s plans for the MacArthur Chambers Apple Store have been in the works for over two years. According to ifoAppleStore, plans for the store were first revealed in April of 2011, when the California-based company submitted a development application to the Brisbane City Council. The application included plans to incorporate the historic elements of the MacArthur Chambers building into an 18,000 square foot retail space spread over ground and mezzanine levels.
However, in November of 2012, Apple appeared to have suddenly stopped work on the project. Although no reason was ever given for the delay, there were rumors that it was related to the main contractor’s declaration of bankruptcy several months earlier.