An Apple employee guards the entrance for what is now the company's fifth store in New York City.
The 23,000-square-foot prime location is one of Apple’s biggest, located in the heart of the historic terminal -- a convenient spot for commuters and tourists alike. Apple reportedly signed a 10-year lease with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) for the space, once occupied by a restaurant.
The mega-brand is sure to get lots of foot-traffic with some 750,000 people passing through Grand Central each day and over 1,000,000 people during the holidays.
The new store will have not one but two Genius Bars for those needing Apple assistance. There will also be regular 15 minute express workshops exclusive to the Grand Central location.
Hours will flow with the terminal’s hours of operation, open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. They'll also be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, for you last minute shoppers.
Demographics listed on Grand Central Station's website show that an average 7,500 people an hour pass the corner of 42nd and Vanderbilt Avenue, making it one of the busiest intersections in the city. It's also a wealthy spot: Fully 50 percent of its commuters' household incomes are over $100,000, and 20 percent are over $200,000. Office workers in the neighborhood earn a combined $11.3 billion a year.
Apple says it will hire 315 employees for the new store.
Shoppers can self-checkout at the new store using a special iPhone app.
Apple signed a 10-year lease with the MTA for the space once occupied by Charlie Palmer's Metrazur restaurant, which got $5 million from Apple to clear out early.
Commuters will be able to purchase items while on the train to pickup at the store when they arrive at Grand Central Terminal.
The Grand Central Terminal store is one of Apple's largest, about the size of two that are in London.
Apple will open its new flagship store in NYC's Grand Central Terminal on Friday, Dec. 9. Here's an early look at what the spacious new retail spot looks like.