Scaffolding outside the forthcoming Apple Store on London's Regent Street has come down, revealing the historic facade of the building.

IFOAppleStore has images of the exterior of Apple's first European own-brand store, and also reveals that the location will include four theatres and four smaller classrooms for "formal, fee-based training".

Previous rumours have indicated that the store will possess a glass staircase and some Apple-style enhancements to the front door area. The site also reports that Apple has received "over 4,000" applications to work in the shop - but will hire just 120 employees.

One image on the Apple retail initiative-watching Web site shows the mosaic tiles above the arched windows of the store. A row of gold-coloured boxes contains the names of a series of major world cities, including Paris, New York, Saint Petersburg and Berlin. The site notes that some of these boxes are left empty, and speculates that these are "to be filled in later?"

In a meeting with Merril Lynch analysts earlier this year an Apple retail executive indicated that the company is considering opening a retail outlet in China. IFPAppleStore adds that Apple may be considering a store in Paris.

Additional locations worldwide may also be under consideration. Apple currently has one Apple Store outside the US, in Japan's trendy Ginza shopping district, with another outlet planned in Osaka later this year.
Apple aims to have 100 stores open by the end of the calendar year, it said during its third quarter results announcement.