The Swedish daily newspaper Expressen reports that Apple is close to unveiling plans for a new flagship Apple Store in central Stockholm. The newspaper says that Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts has been involved in negotiations with city officials, with the company hoping to open the new store in the next two years.
Flagship stores are generally of one of two types: strikingly modern buildings with huge glass facades like the famed Fifth Avenue Apple Store or reboots of notable architectural landmarks like the store at Grand Central Terminal in New York. The Stockholm store promises to be one of the former, designed by Foster + Partners, the same architectural firm that designed the Apple Campus 2 now under construction in Cupertino, California.
The company is seeking approval to build the new store on a site close to the north end of King's Garden in central Stockholm. The site is currently occupied by a TGI Friday's (no great loss if it has to be removed...), and the store would have an iconic all-glass facade with a view of the park. Like the Chicago Riverfront flagship store under construction, the store would also include amphitheater-like outdoor seating with a fountain and cafe tables.
The plans for the new store are expected to be unveiled next week at the Stockholm House of Culture.