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Apple moves ahead with plans for Madison Ave flagship store

The company acquired a former bank on Madison Avenue, and is calling on its team of contractors to gut the inside of the building for its next stores in New York City.

Apple's 5th Avenue store in NYC Josh Lowensohn/CNET

Apple isn't done putting up new stores in New York City.

Architects and engineering firms that have worked on Apple's flagship stores in the US and abroad have obtained permits to begin working on a former bank the company acquired this year on Madison Avenue in New York City, Apple Store tracker "ifo Apple Store" is reporting after obtaining those permits.

According to the permits, which ifo published, Apple's team plan to gut the inside of the bank and make it Apple-like in its design. The outside won't be touched too much, making some suggest that Apple wants to preserve the historical architecture of the building.

It's not clear at this point whether the store will be Apple's sixth or seventh to open in New York City. Apple is also planning to open a store at the World Trade Center, and that, too, is working its way towards opening.

An Apple spokesperson told CNET that the company has made no announcements around a store for that location.

(Via 9to5Mac)