updated 07:55 pm EDT, Tue May 6, 2014
Joins high-end retailers Canali, Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc, others for 2015 debut
As we reported last September, Apple was one of the merchants being wooed for the upcoming World Trade Center shopping mall that is set to open in 2015. A new report from the New York Post claims that Apple has in fact signed a lease and will open a new store there when the mall opens, in the main hall on the lower level in the Transportation Hub Oculus under towers two and three. According to the report, Canali, Hugo Boss, John Varvatos, Mont Blanc and Breitling have all also signed up.
Other reports had claimed that Apple was originally unhappy with the design of the lower-level mall, which includes arching columns every 11 feet across the frontage of each store. Allegedly, Apple went so far as to seek a design variance, but was turned down. How the dispute was resolved was unclear, but according to reports the company settled for a center space in the mall, and will be flanked by fashion retailers including Michael Kors and John Varvatos.
The mall is said to offer a total of 160 stores, with high-profile brands taking the prime spots. The area around the WTC is being built up as an affluent shopping district, including the World Financial Center and new high-end apartment complexes designed by Frank Gehry, new hotels and a conversion into apartments of the buildings at 70 Pine Street. The World Financial Center shops are expected to open ahead of the WTC retail by nearly a year.