Apple plans Toronto retail store

Apple Computer is taking its retail act north of the border.

The Mac maker confirmed to CNET News.com on Friday that it plans to open a store in Toronto in mid-2005. Apple started notifying Canadian retailers of its plans earlier Friday, according to Mac enthusiast site Macosxrumors.com. The company currently sells its gear at 450 independent retail locations in Canada. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the company's Canadian retail plans beyond the Toronto location.

The move continues an international expansion that began in Japan and continues with this weekend's opening of a store in London. Two more U.K. stores are also planned for next year, Apple executives said at a press tour of the London store. Apple hinted that its European plans are likely to take it beyond the British Isles. "We clearly didn't come to Europe just for the U.K.," retail executive Ron Johnson said at the London event. "You'll have to stay tuned."

News source: C|Net News.com

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