TECHNOLOGY giant Apple is reportedly hiring staff for a new stand-alone Adelaide store – its first direct presence in the state – believed to be part of Rundle Mall’s $385 million Rundle Place retail development.
However, both Apple Australia and Rundle Place developer Pacific Group declined to comment on Australian technology website Gizmodo’s report that it is “finally opening” a store in SA.
Technology website Gizmodo this morning published an article headed “Apple Is Finally Opening An Adelaide Store”.
According to the report, Apple this morning posted a number of job ads for a new Adelaide-based outlet.
The Gizmodo story links to the jobs.apple.com website, which shows 13 results on a search for Adelaide, South Australia.
Jobs on offer include Business Leader, Business Manager, Business Specialist and Solution Engineer.
It also lists a placement for the Apple Store Leader Program, which is set to start globally in September 2013.
The job descriptions mention positions are available at a retail store in Australia, but don’t mention Adelaide specifically.
In April this year, The Sunday Mail reported on the existence of designs for a Rundle Mall shopfront, widely believed to be the location for Apple’s first stand-alone Adelaide store.
Apple, the creator of the revolutionary iPhone and iPad, iPod and iTunes and Mac laptop and desktop computers,
has 350 stores worldwide with 13 of them in Australia. So far, it has announced two new stores in Melbourne and one each in Brisbane and Perth.
In April this year, the State Government’s Development Assessment Commission rejected a revised ground-floor design for the Rundle Place shopping centre – on the old Harris Scarfe site – after it was changed to fit specific shopfront requirements of an “international brand tenant” who will “be a significant drawcard to Rundle Mall”.
This brand tenant is widely believed to be Apple, which has stringent shop space and storefront requirements.
The Adelaide City Council and Rundle Mall Management Authority declined comment.