According to The Houston Chronicle, Apple’s new retail store was scheduled to be opened in Houston, Texas on March 16th, 2012. The store was originally slotted to be opened in early January, but according to the report’s source, delays in the construction schedule pushed the opening back to Saturday, March 17th.

Here’s where the story gets juicy. Two weeks ago the grand opening was bumped up a day to March 16th fueling rumors that the company is trying to have the store open for an iPad 3 launch that day which confirms rumors that it was to launch the first week of March. Here’s the low down from the paper:

The store, located in the Highland Village Shopping center at Westheimer and Drexel , was originally supposed to open in January, according to the source, but was delayed. March 17 was originally set as the new opening date, but the source said it was moved to the 16th a few weeks ago.

Even though Apple usually opens new stores on Saturdays, they are willing to forgo routine when special circumstances require them to do so. This all relates nicely back to the Apple Media Event that is scheduled for March 7, 2012 in San Francisco when the iPad 3 is expected to be launching.

It’s also the exact same timing that occured with the launch of the iPad 2 when it was introduced on March 2 and debuted nine days later on March 11. Pre-orders were not available for the iPad 2 so many people lined the streets hoping to get their paws on their latest Apple device as soon as possible.

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