More info on Apple's Grand Central Station store revealed

A few days ago it was revealed that Apple planned to open its largest Apple retail store yet in a location inside New York City's Grand Central Station. Now the Wall Street Journal has revealed more info on this massive new retail space for the iPhone, iPad and Mac company including some early artist renderings of what the final versions of the store will look like.

As you can see in the above rendering, the store will be designed to take advantage of the iconic art design of Grand Central Station with high ceilings, windows and lighting fixtures. It will also have displays for the various Apple products that will match the color and tone of the new location. Once Apple gets full approval from the city's Metro Transit Authority (which should happen sometime this week), the company plans to start building the massive 23,000 square foot retail store immediately. The new Apple store is scheduled to open in Grand Central Station in late November, just in time for the holiday shopping season.

The article states that Charlie Palmer’s Metrazur restaurant will be paid $5 million by Apple to leave its current location over eight years before its lease runs out. Apple is also expected to pay an annual lease that is expected to run $1.1 million, over four times what the restaurant was paying. All in all, it looks like Apple fans in Manhattan will have a new place to hang out in very soon.

Image via Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal

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roadwarrior said,
What is so ****ing hard about using the correct name of the place? I'm not even from New York, but even I know it is Grand Central Terminal, not Station.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Central_Terminal

Hell, even the quoted article has it right.

It used to be Grand Central Station way back when it was a train station. People are just used to calling it that. People will probably call the Willis Tower the Sears tower for the next 100 years also. Not really a big deal.

Astra.Xtreme said,

It used to be Grand Central Station way back when it was a train station. People are just used to calling it that.


Yeah, but the name changed 98 years ago. I don't think anyone here was alive when it was "Station". Not to mention that the author of this article got it wrong (multiple times) while the article he linked to from the WSJ had it correct.

roadwarrior said,

Yeah, but the name changed 98 years ago. I don't think anyone here was alive when it was "Station". Not to mention that the author of this article got it wrong (multiple times) while the article he linked to from the WSJ had it correct.

people like the name, station sounds better..... kinda like the Sears Tower, renamed to the Willis Tower, yet no one calls it that....

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

people like the name, station sounds better..... kinda like the Sears Tower, renamed to the Willis Tower, yet no one calls it that....

Lol, thanks for reiterating what I said 3 posts up.

perochan said,
great. now the station will be more packed... and people will miss the train by playing apple products lol.

If you think thats bad wait till the LIRR Tunnel opens up.

I don't get the point of these massive Apple stores when they only sell a few products. One shelf would be enough to display them.

ahhell said,
I don't get the point of these massive Apple stores when they only sell a few products. One shelf would be enough to display them.

Nuff' Said

ahhell said,
I don't get the point of these massive Apple stores when they only sell a few products. One shelf would be enough to display them.

The point of a store isn't to let only ONE person try them at a time...
If you've ever seen an Apple store, the size is almost too small for the amount of people that are always in them.

ahhell said,
I don't get the point of these massive Apple stores when they only sell a few products. One shelf would be enough to display them.

Hell why don't you just shove it all in a vending machine.
Me, I think Apple stores are the best designed stores, at least in the UK.

acnpt said,

Hell why don't you just shove it all in a vending machine.
Me, I think Apple stores are the best designed stores, at least in the UK.

We actually saw an Apple vending machine in Japan... sold iPods, iPod touches, and macbook's *scratches head*

ahhell said,
I don't get the point of these massive Apple stores when they only sell a few products. One shelf would be enough to display them.

Makes it look like a premium product, not a poundshop.

I think it's good that they have respected the original architecture. Would have imagined Apple to slap white plastic and brushed metal everywhere.

not to be mean, but I'd rather have a restaurants in GCS then an Apple store... I know there are a bunch of stores and resturants in there now, but food choice is always a nice thing to have for a traveler

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
not to be mean, but I'd rather have a restaurants in GCS then an Apple store... I know there are a bunch of stores and resturants in there now, but food choice is always a nice thing to have for a traveler

+1

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,
not to be mean, but I'd rather have a restaurants in GCS then an Apple store... I know there are a bunch of stores and resturants in there now, but food choice is always a nice thing to have for a traveler

Exactly. I don't see why Apple thought a retail store makes a great fit where people are always on the move, and aren't really there for browsing and shopping.

Should see a good bit of traffic, too. Altho' maybe not so much during rush hour as most people will be wanting to get to work a.s.a.p.

DrakeN2k said,
Look quite nice

90% of that design is from 1913 when they rebuilt GCS it looks like all apple is doing is putting some tables in and displays plus a portion in a "retail space" that is external to the terminal

Stewart Gilligan Griffin said,

90% of that design is from 1913 when they rebuilt GCS it looks like all apple is doing is putting some tables in and displays plus a portion in a "retail space" that is external to the terminal

Thats what I thought lol

AdamLC said,

Thats what I thought lol


Yes + clean and restore all those walls and fine work, which will sum up to couple of mills $ or more..