Monday, February 18, 2008, 03:15 pm PT (06:15 pm ET)
Apple stores bound for casino resorts in Nevada, ConnecticutHigh rollers will soon find themselves with a host of Apple stores and resellers in Las Vegas and elsewhere to choose from when spending their winnings, say reports from observers.
ifo Apple Store notes that a barrier has surfaced in front of the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace, promising an official Apple store in summer 2008 for the major casino and hotel. The retail space is set in the West end of the Forum and will count both an aquarium and an Express clothing store as its neighbors.
The store will mark the third official Apple location in Las Vegas but will be the first in the gambling city to be located in one of the may resorts along the famed Las Vegas Strip. Both the previous Fashion Show and Town Square outlets have been located in traditional shopping malls.
The Mac maker's store would also be just its second to be situated on the grounds of a casino anywhere in the US. Despite Las Vegas' reputation, Apple has already experimented with such plans through its existing Atlantic City store, which is also attached to a Caesar's Palace casino.
Another Apple store may also appear in a casino outside of these two locations, according to some claims. An MGM Grand resort in Foxwoods, Connecticut has claimed that it will offer an Apple store in the location in approximately three months' time.
The authenticity of this claim is disputed, however. While MGM has since pulled its page for the future outlet and has said a third-party reseller would take the space, the site used official Apple graphics and language to describe the future location, including the mention of a Genius Bar for service.
Apple has not commented on the authenticity of the Foxwoods location.
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