The man who owns the Apple Store in Vancouver says he’d be interested to purchase it if he could.
In an interview with The Oregonian newspaper published Thursday, he said the store’s recent move from its former location in Victoria, B.C., to a bigger store in the city was a good thing for the business.
“I think it’s a good move for the community,” said Tim Whelan, a real estate developer and Apple Store owner.
“The store is just going to become bigger and more diverse.”
The store moved to a more attractive location in the heart of Vancouver in 2017 and has been serving customers in the area for over a decade.
Whelans father is also a realtor.
“We have a lot of good friends and business associates who are very passionate about Apple,” he said.
Whelans dad is also the owner of a business called “Maclarens” and has lived in the same apartment building for 20 years.
Whetland, who is also part of the Vancouver Downtown Partnership, said he was thrilled to see the store move to the new location and said he would like to see it continue to grow.
“There are a lot more people in the Vancouver area than there used to be,” he added.
“I think that would be great for the downtown area.”
Whelan said that while he doesn’t have an exact number for how many customers he has, he estimates there are around 40 people in his store.
The store is currently selling more than 200,000 iPhones annually and is currently the largest online store in Canada, he added, and currently has over 1,000,000 total transactions.
The store’s current owner, Richard Maclaren, said his first thought when the store moved was “we have to move.”
Whetlands dad is a real-estate developer and said the company has sold some land on Vancouver’s West Side and is also considering buying a piece of the building.
“We’re going to have a really great store in Vancouver,” he told The Oregonan.
“It’s a great opportunity for us.”