Apple's restoration of Washington D.C.'s Carnegie Library as part of its conversion into a massive retail outlet for the iPhone maker could open to the public soon, after the building owner advised current expectations is for it to be completed in late spring.
Apple will be re-opening its flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York City in the first half of 2019, management of the company that owns the property claims, with the famous "glass cube" store expected to complete its renovations within the next six months.
Apple is excelling at retail because it has different aims to other stores, retail chief Angela Ahrendts advised in an interview, with the company bucking the trend of store closures though "experiential retail" and providing education to the customer, rather than just selling merchandise.
One of Apple CEO Tim Cook's meetings at the World Economic Forum on Thursday was with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who managed to secure a promise of an Apple store in the country's capital, Prague.
Apple recently received an award from the American Institute of Architects for the extensive repurposing of a Manhattan bank into a high-tech retail outlet, an undertaking that married painstaking exterior and interior restoration with newly fabricated design elements.
Steve Jobs was deeply involved in the development of Apple's first retail store, according to original retail head Ron Johnson, providing regular vetting and suggestions as the company experimented with a prototype in a rented warehouse near 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino.
Although public opposition appears to have defeated the company for now, there is a chance Apple could still make an attempt at a store in Stockholm's historic Kungstradgarden, according to one report.