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Friday, August 30, 2013, 08:13 pm PT (11:13 pm ET)

Brisbane Apple Store construction back on track after delays and rumors of cancellation

Blueprints and architectural drawings filed with city officials in Brisbane, Australia, reveal that Apple is planning to move forward with construction of a retail outlet located in the historic MacArthur Chambers building.

Brisbane Apple Store


The latest construction details and revisions filed last week can be taken as confirmation that Apple has not abandoned the Brisbane location, the development application of which was first disclosed in 2011, reports ifoAppleStore.

Apple was thought to have scrapped the store after the project was delayed by a bankruptcy filing from a major contractor in 2012 and reported issues with modernizing the innards of a historic building. The MacArhur Chambers building dates back to the 1930s and was used by U.S. General Douglas MacArthur in World War II as the allied forces' South West Pacific Area headquarters.

According to the revised landscape plan, Apple is planning to remove a number of structures on the sidewalk in front of the store, like a large pedestrian bench, as well as relocate a tree to create symmetry with the store's front entrance.

While the recent filing did not indicate a concrete opening date, it is thought that the Brisbane Apple Store could be operational as early as October.