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Apple considering new 'flagship' store at Arizona's Scottsdale Fashion Square

Apple is reportedly considering a new "flagship" store in the Arizona city of Scottsdale, near Phoenix, specifically in the region's popular Fashion Square mall.

Apple is one of several possible tenants for a space previously occupied by a Barney's luxury department store, the Phoenix Business Journal said. Fashion Square's owner, Macerich, claims that the mall has the second-highest profit per square foot of any mall in the U.S.

Although Apple already has a store in Scottsdale and others in the Phoenix area, Fashion Square's popularity might be tempting for the iPhone maker if it can negotiate a favorable lease.

New U.S. Apple stores have become a rare phenomenon in 2016. Though there are still coverage gaps, major U.S. cities are already well-saturated —to meet demand, Apple has more often been relocating and/or expanding existing locations.

Apple's flagship outlets are typically larger, and sometimes feature design touches lacking in smaller ones, such as tree groves and dedicated event areas.