updated 03:50 pm EDT, Mon August 15, 2011
May be finished in time for holidays
Construction crews have begun work related to Apple's upcoming Grand Central Terminal store in New York City, photos obtained by AppleInsider show. New scaffolding has appeared on the second floor, spanning a considerable area. The images are consistent with Apple's plans, which involve establishing a 23,000 foot storefront in one of the city's busiest hubs.
The project is expected to last about four months, but might still see the shop open in time for the Christmas shopping season. Apple's usual deadline for store openings is Black Friday in late November, the busiest shopping day of the year. Like many companies, Apple typically records its best sales during the holiday quarter.
Once completed the Grand Central outlet will be biggest Apple flagship in the world. It may also cost the company a tremendous sum of money, reportedly at least $800,000 a year and a whopping $1.1 million after 10 years. On top of this Apple is said to be working with the NYPD on the problem of product launches, since winding lineups could disrupt people simply trying to use the rail system.