Apple is at work building what it calls a new "prototype" store in downtown Palo Alto, reports said today.
The City of Palo Alto issued a building permit last week for the $3.15 million two-story building, which will be the company's ninth retail outlet in Northern California, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Documents filed earlier this year for the $3.15 million project described the store as a "new prototype" and a "commons for (Apple's) community to gather." Architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which has won numerous awards for its work on other Apple stores, is listed as the project applicant.
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The plans for the store show a glass roof and facade to allow natural light into the 15,030-square-foot store, along with stone and steel additions to the design.
Apple applied to raze the old building that now occupies the 9,250-square-foot lot, according to Yvette Sheets-Saucedo, a LEED accredited professional with the Palo Alto Development Center, and construction crews just completed a pedestrian bypass tunnel in front of the Apple site.
So how is the store going to be a prototype? Apple is quiet on that issue, giving the Merc little information. But we found the idea of building a commons for community gathering very interesting at a retail location -- could this be for training or testing?