The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) claims that Apple is on the brink of opening own-brand retail stores around the US.

The ICSC piece reports a statement from Terry McEwen, president of Memphis-based Poag and McEwen Lifestyle Centers, who claims his mall will host a 6,200-square foot Apple Store in Colorado, and that Apple is opening more stores around the US.

The report, filed March 1, suggests that other mall executives expect Apple Stores to open up in their shopping centres.

Apple has declined to comment.