Apple's Grand Central store won't open by Black Friday

Construction worker reportedly confirms to Mashable that Apple's latest, and perhaps grandest, store probably won't open for business until next month.

Apple's new Grand Central store may not open this week but promises to arrive soon.
Apple's new Grand Central store may not open this week but promises to arrive soon. Photo by Dean Kaufman, published with permission from Apple.

Grand Central Station commuters looking to score a holiday deal at Apple's imminent New York City store may have to wait a while.

Recent rumors had pegged the launch of the new Grand Central Terminal store for sometime this week as the holiday shopping season officially kicks into gear. But a construction worker reportedly confirmed to Mashable yesterday that Apple's latest store probably won't open for business until next month.

"It won't be any time too soon," the worker told Mashable. "We still have a lot to do, so my guess is that it will be ready in December."

An Apple spokeswoman told CNET that the company has made no announcements on the date.

For now, the new store remains boarded up and hidden from the public as construction continues. But a photo of the store's front boarding taken today touts it as "arriving soon."

Once it opens its doors, the store will be Apple's fifth outlet in New York City and promises to be one of the company's biggest. Stretching between two balconies, the store will take up more than 23,000 square feet. In comparison, Apple's Regent Street store in London is 25,000 square feet in size, but only 22,000 square feet is available to the public.

The Apple Store has been one of the retail industry's biggest money makers, generating more sales per square foot than any other U.S. retailer, according to research firm RetailSails. And the new Manhattan store is likely to add its own fair share of customers.

The station draws around 750,000 visitors on an average day and as many a million a day during the holidays, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Apple will reportedly pay more than $1 million each year in rent.

Updated story 7:30 a.m. PT with photo of Apple Store front boarding.

Update at 4:00 p.m. PT: The New York Post claims that Apple will open up the store on Friday, December 9.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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