Apple Store to Open Near World Trade Center Later This Year

Apple Store to Open Near World Trade Center Later This Year
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Apple is planning on opening another store in New York City, this time inside the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, a company spokesperson said Thursday.

Jason Barlia, the marketing director for Apple’s New York locations, announced the news at a press preview of the company’s Brooklyn location, due to open this Saturday, according to AppleInsider.

The upcoming store will be located inside the “Oculus,” a domed structure within the transportation hub that serves as a Westfield Shopping Center.

The Oculus, which opened on March 4 of this year, is located a block from the main World Trade Center, which could bode well for Apple due to the prospect of high foot traffic and tourism.

Before today, rumors that Apple would open a World Trade Center location have swirled around the internet.

In February, a source cited by 9to5Mac reportedly told the publication that the Apple store would be located in “the shopping area’s most ‘prime location.’”

The store is allegedly going to span two stories, with nearly 10,000 square feet on each floor. But due to the repair and business sections that Apple stores could have, the actual shopping space will likely be smaller than the store’s floor plan would indicate, 9to5Mac reported.

The Oculus is located within the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, and was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The entire hub itself cost the city about $4 billion, The Verge reported.

New York City currently has the densest population of Apple stores in the world. The island of Manhattan alone currently has six storefront locations, with other Apple stores located in Brooklyn and Staten Island as well, according to Apple’s website.

When the World Trade Center location opens, Apple will have 487 retail stores in around 20 countries, according to AppleWorld.

The new store is expected to open later this year.

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