Apple Store to take over Borders space ... but not in Oak Park

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

With the Borders bookstore set to close at the corner of Harlem and Lake, Oak Park officials are clamoring for Apple to set up shop there. And lo and behold, Apple is moving to take over one of the book chain's old spots, though nowhere near here.

According to the real estate website Curbed.com, Apple is maneuvering to take over the space of a now-defunct three-story Borders in Santa Monica, Calif. It's no adaptive reuse of the space — which Oak Park would surely prefer in the case of the historic Marshall Field building — as Apple plans to tear down the old bookstore. They would then replace it with an 8,084-square-foot building, complete with a glass roof and façade.

Apple hasn't confirmed that it will, in fact, occupy the proposed space, though Santa Monica bloggers are pointing out that the renderings look uncannily like an Apple Store.

In a related item, a developer is working to split the two-story, 20,500-square-foot Borders space in Highland Park into four distinct units, occupied by separate retailers, according to Chicago Architect magazine.

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Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: September 22nd, 2011 10:09 AM

To bad Apple didnt come in buy and tear down the building at Harlem and Lake.The exterior clock has been broken for months.being outdated is expensive, and that building is outdated.

First Economy, Then Vanity from OP  

Posted: August 25th, 2011 6:10 AM

Frankly, I'd appreciate any store that would like to inhabit that corner....or any other open storefront anywhere in Oak Park! Family Dollar? Sure! Nail salon? Why not! Pawnbroker? OK! Checks Cashed? Yes! Big & Tall Shop? Absolutely! When will we as a village understand that having a market-driven, taxpaying retail economy is the first priority....and aesthetic, branding issues like "which of my local, cool, favorite stores should be here?" can come later.

T.J. from OP  

Posted: August 24th, 2011 6:32 PM

Oak Park should give up on its pipe dreams. When local gov't sobers up they'll realize that a Family Dollar will be coming to town. I'll go there to buy my toilet paper.

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