It appears that Apple isn’t satisfied with the progress on the Grand Central Apple Store and is postponing the opening at least a week perhaps more. Clearly, Apple would have preferred to have another huge venue open for Black Friday but we’ve been told by a GC Apple employee today that they’ve been told to continue working at other New York Area Apple Stores during Black Friday weekend.
Last weekend, a group of employees was told that the opening announcement was scheduled for today and Apple was going to try to open for Black Friday.
On the other hand, it is good to have an abundance of Apple Store workers on hand at the other NYC Apple Stores for the busiest shopping weekend of the year.
We’re sorry we got your hopes up and we’re still hoping to see the store open next week.
Update: We’ve been told there has been a delay.
We reported on the construction progress of the future Apple grand Central store earlier this month and have since received further information and pictures from our trip to the location and from the tech blog, Techfootnote. Both sources grabbed shots of the upcoming Grand Central Apple Store as it was actively being worked on Friday, November 18th. There were dozens of construction workers and corporate reps putting the final touches on the future store. In the images you can see what looks to be several large hanging boards. The boards are hung on large hooks, which would make it easy to pull off and reveal what is behind the boards.
9to5Mac has heard that Apple will officially announce the opening of the Grand Central Apple store this Tuesday and presumably pull the black boards to reveal the announcement. This store garners extra special attention because it will be Apple’s largest in the world by square footage and resides in a building where 750,000 people pass daily and over 1,000,000 people during the holidays. Check out our previously posted spyshots of the location for a sneak peak of the store.
The Grand Central Apple Store will have little over 300 employees, which are currently training in other local NY Apple stores. All Apple retail employees will be attending a holiday-focused (policies / loss prevention) meeting tonight.
From what we have now heard, Apple will be filling the store with stock and applying the finishing touches this week putting the the actual opening of the store on Black Friday or shortly thereafter. The goal all along has been to get the store open for the holiday shopping and to make a big splash with Apple’s new crown jewel of retail.
Wall of Monitors spied between pillars, right, Video of the store space below (more here):
As a Grand Central commuter into New York City, this whole Apple Store thing has been surreal. The WSJ posts some renderings of what the store would look like and frankly, it is amazing. The Store is so big and open that Apple will become part of Grand Central.
Think delicious free Apple Wifi for instance.
New details emerged today. Should the Board approve Apple’s bid on Wednesday, Apple will begin construction immediately and it is estimated to only take 4 months to build out the new Store?! So, theoretically it is open for the holidays.
Also, more information on the ouster:
Apple is paying Charlie Palmer’s Metrazur restaurant $5 million to vacate its space on the terminal’s east balcony more than eight years before its lease expires. The MTA will get significantly higher annual rent: $1.1 million from Apple vs. $263,997 from Metrazur.
In addition to the space currently occupied by Metrazur, Apple will move into an adjacent, currently vacant balcony on the northeast side of the terminal.
If that weren’t enough (and it is) the MTA announced that there was a Shake Shack going into Grand Central as well.