Apple Store expected to open in Queens, as Brooklyn and Upper East Side development falls behind


image Brooklyn Apple Store render

In December 2014, a report surfaced that pinpointed an opening date of April 2015 for Apple’s first Apple Store in Brooklyn, New York. Now, a new report suggests that may not be the case any longer.

According to a story published by 9to5Mac on February 2, which cites unnamed sources, Apple is planning three major store openings for the New York area in the coming months, but that while one store appears to be on track, the stores expected to open in Brooklyn and the Upper East Side are apparently running behind. As for the store in Queens, though, that is still expected to be opening on time within the Queens Center Mall, with the reveal planned for later in 2015. It’s rumored that it will be the largest retail outlet within a mall in New York City, and that it could see revenue that beats out “flagship counterparts.”

The store located in Brooklyn, which was previously reported as being housed within a giant, 20,000 square foot space and accompanied with a render that showcased floor-to-ceiling arched windows. According to the report, development on the location is running behind, but the reasons behind the delay are unknown at this point. While it was expected to open in April 2015, it would appear these delays are causing that window to expand into late 2015, or even early 2016.

The upcoming store in the Upper East Side is also seeing some development issues, as the report indicates that Apple is still seeking off-site locations for employees to use for breaks, meetings and other critical needs. Meanwhile, in China, stores are opening at an ever-increasing rate, with a brand new store opening on February 7 in Tianjin.

If you live in these areas, are you looking forward to these store launches, even if they are being delayed?

[via 9to5Mac]

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