Monday, December 2, 2019

UPDATE: Harley-Davidson occupies the long-vacant Apple Store space at West Towne Mall

Photo by Retiring Guy

10/5/2019 update, "It was two years ago when the Apple Store moved from West Towne to Hilldale", starts here.

And the space remains vacant, though partially obscured by posters now.

Photos by Retiring Guy

West Towne has another vacancy next door.

All area Charming Charlie stores to close as company shuts down.  (Milwaukee Business News, 7/16/2019)
The decision comes after Charming Charlie closed 100 underperforming stores as part of an earlier Chapter 11 filing, which ultimately was unable “to stabilize businesses and ensure long-term profitability,” the company said in a court statement. 
The company also cited challenges brought on by the continuous decline of brick-and-mortar retail nationwide. 
Recent closures or downsizings include big box retailers such as Bon-Ton, Sears and Macy’s as well as boutique-style retailers such as Dress Barn, Payless ShoeSource, Charlotte Russe, Gymboree and Claire’s.

5/1/2019 update, "It was 19 months ago when the Apple Store moved from West Towne to Hilldale", starts here.

Photo by Retiring Guy

And about 3 doors down...

4/5/2018 update, "Eight months later, the Apple Store space at West Towne Mall is still vacant", starts here.

The former storefront as seen today

Apple Store moving to Hilldale Shopping Center from West Towne Mall.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 8/8/2017)
The Apple Store move has been rumored for months, but officials at West Towne and Hilldale had declined to comment. Apple made no indication of the move until it recently updated its website for its West Towne location and last week unveiled an Apple logo on the facade of its Hilldale location. On Monday, the Apple website said “An inspired move. Come see us at Hilldale on August 12 at 10 a.m.”  
A look inside Apple's new Madison store in the Hilldale Shopping Center.  (9 to 5 Mac, 8/14/2017)

The Hilldale location, between the L.L. Bean (not yet open) and University Book Store

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