Apple ‘plans store on Champs Elysées’

Apple is planning to open a new store on the Champs Elysées in Paris in a building which would also house its French headquarters and a concert hall, media reports say.

Apple 'plans store on Champs Elysées'
The iconic Champs-Elysée could soon be home to a new Apple store. Photo: AFP
The tech giant wants to open a flagship store on the Paris avenue that draws millions of tourists and locals alike every year.
The store on the prestigious avenue, where top brands from around the world jostle to showcase their products, would bring to four the number of outlets the California-based company has in and around the French capital.
News of the possible new store comes on the day that Apple holds its annual autumn product launch event in San Francisco, at which it is expected to unveil an updated iPhone, new features for Apple TV and a possible expansion of the iPad line.
Le Figaro newspaper said Apple was in “advanced negotiations” with the owners of number 114 on the Champs Elysées to rent the entire 6,000-square metre, multi-storey building which also has underground parking for 110 cars.
But the shop would not open before 2018 as Apple would have to wait for the the current occupants’ leases to expire.
The company did not immediately reply when contacted by The Local to seek confirmation of its reported plans for the new store.
There are currently two Apple stores in Paris – one next to the Opera house and a second in the underground shopping mall by the Louvre museum. And there is a third store in the business district in the Paris suburb of La Défense.

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France’s favourite supermarket revealed

With their wide range of fresh fruit and veg and extensive cheese and charcuterie selections, French supermarkets are popular with visitors - but which chain do the French themselves prefer?

France's favourite supermarket revealed

E. Leclerc is the nation’s favourite supermarket, according to the study conducted by OpinionWay for Bonial, published on Tuesday.

Of around 5,000 people surveyed, 23 percent listed Leclerc as the place where they do the majority of their shopping. Carrefour came second, favoured by 21 percent of people, followed by Intermarché (12 percent).

German discount retailer Lidl came in fourth with 9 percent, although 45 percent of French people had done some of their shopping in Lidl over the past year.

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Grand Frais, the supermarket which many of our readers recommended in 2018, is where only 1 percent of people in France do most of their shopping.

Organic stores may be gaining in popularity in France, but the results of the survey show that they are a long way from becoming mass-market. The most popular was Bicoop, which 9 percent of people said they had visited over a twelve-month period, followed by Naturalia and Bio c’ Bon (3 percent each).

When it comes to food shopping, there are also significant regional variations. The map below shows the leading supermarket in each of France’s 13 metropolitan regions.

Graphic: Bonial.

While Leclerc and Carrefour dominate 11 of the 13 regions between them, Système U is over-represented in the Pays de la Loire, where 34 percent of people do most of their shopping in the chain, compared to only 8 percent at a national level.

Leclerc meanwhile is the preferred chain of just 13 percent of people in the Paris region, where many people use smaller city centre stores rather than the large hyper-marchés.

Respondents also ranked Leclerc first for its range of products and special offers, while Lidl came out on top when it comes to price.