The MacTown store at The Greene Towne Center in Beavercreek will close March 31 and move to a new location south of Dayton, store officials announced Friday.
The relocation comes in response to word that Apple Inc. plans to open an Apple Store at The Greene, MacTown officials said.
Last month, Apple posted job openings for retail positions in the Dayton area. At that time, a spokeswoman for Apple said that the company has not “made any announcements about any stores” in the Dayton area and said no other details were available. The same Apple spokeswoman, Michaela Wilkinson, said Friday that nothing has changed, and she had no announcements to make.
In their news release, MacTown officials said Apple “has confirmed that it plans to open an Apple Store at The Greene.”
Wilkinson said in response to the MacTown statement: “This reseller is not Apple, and they do not speak on behalf” of Apple.
MacTown, which sells and services Apple products, will consolidate operations at its Miami Twp. store at 8975 Kingsridge Drive, then will look for a suitable new home for its consolidated operations, MacTown officials said. They projected a summer opening.
The job postings, combined with recent construction activity going on at The Greene, triggered the initial reports that Apple would open a store in the Beavercreek retail and entertainment complex. Steve Willshaw, general manager of The Greene, declined to comment directly on the Apple store report at the time, saying, “We do not have any executed leases for any of those spaces behind those barricades.” On Friday, Willshaw did not respond to a request for comment.
Apple operates six corporate-owned retail stores in Ohio, including locations in the Kenwood Towne Centre in Cincinnati and Easton Town Center n Columbus.