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Apple rumored already scrapping Grand Central store plans

updated 07:20 am EDT, Sun March 20, 2011

Grand Central store plans only ever preliminary

Not long after the rumor that Apple was planning on opening an Apple Store at the Grand Central Terminal, a counter-rumor has emerged claiming that the plan has already been scrapped. Newmark Knight Frank broker Jeffrey Roseman tweeted, "Lets see if Apple NOT coming to Grand Central gets as much press as it got, when the rumor started." The application for the store was only preliminary and has now reportedly fallen through.

The plans for the store would have made it the largest Apple retail outlet, outstripping even the Covent Garden store in London that spans 16,000 square feet. It would have also made it the largest store in the Grand Central retail space.

If it was to have proceeded, the Grand Central Terminal Apple Store would have been in the order of 25,000 square feet.



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  1. iphonerulez

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2008

    -1

    Since the Apple GCT was only a rumor, this

    rumor just negates the other. I feel rather sad though. It seemed it would have been a prime location. I would loved to have seen 2,000 or so consumers waiting in line for the iPad 3 all snaked throughout the terminal. I'll bet that GCT store would have made a lot of money with the concierges pulling wayward commuters into the store.

  1. coffeetime

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2006

    +1

    The priority is commuters.

    Maybe that's what GCT doesn't want. Lining up buyers at Apple Store can really obstruct commuters. There are already commuters + tourist.

  1. qazwart

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    Joined: Apr 2001

    +1

    Where would you put it?

    There is simply no shopping space that large enough in Grand Central Terminal that would fit a 25,000 sq foot store. The shopping concourse is made for multiple smaller stores with shops that cater mainly to commuters. Store spaces tend to be small and shallow. I don't even think the food court is that big.

    If there was going to be a 25,000 sq foot store, it would have to be located either in the hotel or former Pam Am building that are connected to the station. And considering that the Fifth Avenue store is not that far away, the rumor never made much sense.

    If they're going for another Manhattan store, it would have to be located somewhere near 34th Street (maybe the former A&S building now called Manhattan Mall), but Apple has already ruled that out.

  1. facebook_Isaac

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    I heard a rumor that...

    Apple is going to buy Sears and convert all their stores into Apple megastores. Then they'll buy MIT to provide all the Apple Geniuses they'll need to run them.

    I also heard that rumors are not news. But it was just a rumor.

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