No Apple Store for Melbourne’s Fed Square

Share

Demolition approval for the Yarra Building in Federation Square has been blocked by Heritage Victoria & Apple has cancelled plans for the store.

Apple has cancelled plans to build a shiny new flagship store in Federation Square in Melbourne after Heritage Victoria refused an application to demolish the Yarra Building that’s already on the site. 

Federation Square applied to Heritage Victoria for a permit that would allow the Yarra Building to be demolished but that application was denied due to thousands of objections from Melbourne locals. 

Federation Square Melbourne Apple Store
Federation Square Melbourne – Yarra Building

Apple told The Age that it was disappointed it would no longer be able to build a retail store at Federation Square.

We remain committed to serving our customers in Melbourne and across Australia

Apple Australia

Apple announced plans for the Federation Square Apple StoreĀ in December 2017. The store was planned to be a flagship store and the most significant store in the Southern Hemisphere.

The original design was compared to a Pizza Hut store and there was vocal community opposition in selling out the community space to a global corporation.

Apple Store Federation Square
Apple Store Federation Square – Original Design

In July 2018 Apple updated the design with input from the Melbourne City Council Victorian Government and Federation Square which was purported to blend more in with the local environment. This did stop the community objections that ultimately led to the store cancellation.

Apple Store Federation Square Revised Design
Apple Store Federation Square – Revised Design