Apple's Grand Central Terminal Retail Store to Be Largest Yet?

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    Last week, a pair of reports surfaced indicating that Apple is hoping to build a new retail store inside Manhattan's busy and historic Grand Central Terminal. Located less than a mile from the company's flagship Fifth Avenue store, the Grand Central Terminal location is reportedly being viewed as a means to ease the massive customer load on the landmark, but relatively small, Fifth Avenue store.

    A new report issued today by Cult of Mac provides additional claims of an Apple retail store coming to Grand Central Terminal, but goes on to claim that the location would offer the company's biggest-yet retail sales floor, larger than those found in the company's Regent Street and Covent Garden stores in London.

    While reports of the square footage for Apple's various locations have always been subject to significant variations, the Covent Garden location has been said to offer over 16,000 square feet of publicly-accessible space (with 40,000 square feet of total space including corporate offices) and Regent Square location is said to offer 25,000 square feet of retail space. Consequently, Apple's Grand Central Terminal store would appear to have to be in the range of 25,000 square feet to qualify as the company's largest, making it a significant presence inside the terminal.
    An early fall opening seems rather ambitious for what seems to be a massive project with historical implications and lease issues that do not appear to have been worked out yet, but the growing number of reports do suggest that Apple is looking at making a significant splash in the terminal.

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    Sounds like a trip to NYC will be on my calendar soon! :D
     
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    Cool, can't wait to see it!
     
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    And please understand that the picture you see above is NOT where the store would go. Grand Central is much larger than you see in the picture, with multiple levels and areas for stores.
     
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    Yes it's about time America, specifically Manhattan, gets a significant store like the Covent Garden and Regent Street stores.

    Can't wait to visit!
     
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    good for Apple and NYC - I guess.
     
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    Up next: Microsoft planning to open a new store in Grand Central Terminal.. :)
     
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    Most Impressive!. Certainly wonder if Gateway, Dell, Microsoft, Sony could pull off a more impressive location. A way they could one up Apple is by going to the top of CN Tower, Eiffel Tower... heck even Space Needle. There would be some much red tape and protest. Perhaps in Vegas. I would definitely take time to visit to the new store.
     
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    thanks for clarifying this ... almost thought this is a mock up of the new store :rolleyes:
     
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    Cant wait to go back to NYC
     
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    What's in a name?

    I do not like the name. Let's have a contest.

    Grand Central Apple.
    The Grand Apple Store.
    The Big Apple at Grand Central Station.
     
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    Awesome, can't wait to see the final result. :)
     
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    Those who don't live in the us don't know the size of those places.
     
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    Well, yeah, that's why I made my comment because this photo keeps showing up on this story, and I can just see someone imagining a giant transparent cube being installed somewhere in the picture.
     
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    Yup. 0815's post was unnecessarily rude.
     
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    How 'Bout Them Microsoft Stores?

    Anyone? Anyone?
     
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    Sorry, the Space Needle is being used by Dr. Evil's criminal empire.

    Cool picture, thanks!
     
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    If you think about it, that style suits the classy fell of an apple store. i was just at the 5th ave store 3 days ago and its awesome. not to mention FAO swarts next door with the gigantic piano and awesome toys, but that was amazing. i live in staten island a short drive away but i never go and i had fun
     
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    Well, let's see, their first one opened in October 2009 in Scottsdale AZ. According to Microsoft's site, they are now up to eight stores total. Eight stores in 17 months, let's call it a new store every two months. They should catch up to Apple in about never.
     
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    I'm not sure if this report is accurate, GCT has approximately 150K of commercial real estate with in-place leases expiring through 2012. The rumor says the store would open in the fall which is far too soon. The work it would require to build-out the space for Apple would take 4-6 months alone let alone the buying out of existing tenants and the necessary approvals necessary to build in a historical building. I'd be surprised to see this opening in 2011.

    If it does, would be great since I work across the street!
     
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    They should put the store in a subway train.
     
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    GCD help?

    Well I know where to go if I have and Grand Central Dispatch questions...
     
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    When I saw the headline, I thought - wow a story about Apples Grand Central CPU technology. Oh boy I thought to myself, a story about computers and the OS.

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    Alas.... its a story about Apple Consumer Electronics. :mad:
     
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