June 19--VIRGINIA BEACH --
Apple's only current Hampton Roads location is at MacArthur Center in downtown Norfolk. Michael Kors has stores at MacArthur and Williamburg Premium Outlets near Williamsburg.
Kathie Strauss, marketing manager for Lynnhaven Mall, said she couldn't confirm Apple's upcoming arrival and referred questions to the computer maker. "I'm really excited about your interest, but I can't speak on behalf of a retailer," she said. Strauss also declined to discuss Michael Kors' plans at the mall.
Representatives from Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., did not return a phone message left Wednesday on its media hotline.
The job search page of the company's website lists more than a dozen available retail positions in Virginia cities where Apple has stores but none where there are no locations. No jobs come up for Charlottesville, for example. For Virginia Beach, 14 retail jobs are listed, though no specific Beach store location appears, as MacArthur Center does for Norfolk.
The company opened the Norfolk store in September 2006, marking a turning point in Hampton Roads' retail profile and garnering attention from other coveted chains.
Apple stores are considered a bellwether of the retail vibrancy of a particular market, with the barometer rising along with the number of Apple locations. Some markets smaller than Hampton Roads already have more than one Apple store.
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