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5th New York Apple Store Opens Friday, December 9

By on December 8, 2011

Though the 5th New York Apple Store didn’t open on Black Friday, the buzz around Apple’s biggest store in the world is still up and will probably reach its peak tomorrow at 10 a.m. According to Apple’s official press release, the Grand Central Apple Store will be “just in time for the holidays” and will serve customers 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Grand Central Apple Store will offer two Genius Bars, largest in the world room designed for Personal Setup, where iPad, iPhone, iPod or Mac buyers will be able to configure their devices before going. There is also a special room for Personal Training, where beginner Mac users can learn the basics or take their skills to the next level. The 5th New York Apple Store will provide a Personal Pickup feature, which allows iPhone users to shop for devices and accessories from wherever they are using a free Apple Store app, and then pick up their purchase when they reach the terminal.

The Grand Central Apple Store team consists of 315 passionate employees ready to serve the anticipated huge flow of customers.

As for the design, Apple just couldn’t afford its fingerprint futuristic design which is common for Apple Stores around the world, because Grand Central Terminal’s interior is a city landmark, so big changes would have required Landmarks Preservation Commission approval. This New York Apple Store combines modern furniture and exhibits, displaying those amazing design-conscious Apple devices, with Grand Central’s marble floors, high-arch ceilings, and beautiful orb-like chandeliers.

I personally don’t like the mix of traditional and modern design at Grand Central Apple Store; this looks neither like Apple, nor like Grand Central any more. But Apple has made a smart decision to give up a piece of its iconic design for the sake of anticipated huge profit. 🙂 How do I know?

The company is going to pay 1.1 million annually only for the rent.

750,000 people pass through Grand Central every day!

The 5th New York Apple Store is the biggest one in the world.

Now you know why! 🙂

As you remember the Grand Central Apple Store opens tomorrow at 10 a.m., so get yourself ready to judge this great thing yourself. But before you go, take a look at these exclusive shots of the store made just yesterday, when the store opened for press & media. You can also compare this New York Apple Store design to other Apple stores around the world through our gallery.

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