Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 06:08 pm
Grand Central Apple Store won't open by Black FridayThe unveiling of what is to be the largest Apple Store in the world, a retail space in New York's Grand Central Terminal, will not take place on Black Friday as rumored earlier this week.
Despite rumors that pointed to a Black Friday unveiling, a construction worker at the site said on Tuesday that it could be weeks, not days, until the Grand Central Apple Store opens its doors to the public, reports Mashable.
Rumors from various tech blogs claimed that Apple would announce the opening of the huge venue to coincide with Black Friday, though the company has yet to release an official statement.
"it won't be any time too soon," an unnamed construction worker told Mashable. "We still have a lot to do, so my guess is that it will be ready in December."
AppleInsider reported in August that the massive 23,000 square foot location would be the largest Apple store in the world, noting the tech giant hoped to have it open in time for the holiday season.
The store will be the first U.S. location opened since former Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Ron Johnson left the company in early November.
Apple reached a deal with the MTA after almost scrapping plans to build in the "marquee space," ultimately paying $5 million to buy out the remaining eight years on Charlie Palmer's Metrazur restaurant's lease. The company is said to be paying anywhere from $800,000 to $1.1 million in rent per year to use the location.
In addition to the Grand Central Terminal store, Apple recently completed a redesign to the iconic glass cube that adorns the entrance to the company's Fifth Avenue Store.