Apple Store at Queens Center in NYC to open on Saturday

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in General Discussion edited July 2015
Apple's highly anticipated retail store at the Queens Center shopping mall in New York City will open this Saturday, July 11, the company has revealed.


Queens Center, via Wikipedia.


The grand opening of Apple's first-ever store in the borough of Queens was announced by the company this week. The doors will officially open at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The Queens Center shopping center draws heavy foot traffic, and it's expected that Apple's new store -- set to be located on the mall's second floor -- will be a popular shopping destination.

"We are really excited to bring our eighth store in NYC to Queens," Jason Barlia, market director at Apple Retail, said in a statement to the New York Daily News. "When we saw this location it made a lot of sense."

The company revealed that it will have 130 staff members at the new spot, and that they will speak a total of 25 languages, including English. Two-thirds of staffers will be bilingual.

Unlike Apple's other, more elaborate New York City locations, the Queens Center store will be relatively standard mall fare, in line with the company's other shopping center stores around the world.

The opening comes on the heels of last month's grand opening of Apple's new Upper East Side location in the city. The Queens Center store will be Apple's eighth in New York City, joining the aforementioned Upper East Side spot, locations in Manhattan on Fifth Avenue, at Grand Central, in SoHo, on the Upper West Side, and in the borough of Staten Island.
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  • Reply 1 of 26
    payecopayeco Posts: 445member
    And yet, still no store in Brooklyn...
  • Reply 2 of 26
    badmonkbadmonk Posts: 991member
    love that Grand Central location. Yeah they need a Brooklyn store for the hipsters
  • Reply 3 of 26
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,001member
    payeco wrote: »
    And yet, still no store in Brooklyn...

    badmonk wrote: »
    love that Grand Central location. Yeah they need a Brooklyn store for the hipsters

    There's one planned for Williamsburg.
  • Reply 4 of 26
    arthur123arthur123 Posts: 44member
    2.5 million people live in Brooklyn, yet no store there.
    There should be 2 Apple stores in Brooklyn, one in Downtown and one at Kings Plaza.
  • Reply 5 of 26
    interdyneinterdyne Posts: 69member
    You forgot West 14th Street store in the Meat Packing District.
  • Reply 6 of 26
    am8449am8449 Posts: 364member

    Woohoo!

     

    I live in Queens and this new Apple Store will be a hop and a skip away. Funny though, I was just there two weeks ago, and I don't recall seeing any signs of a new Apple Store coming.

     

    I wish Apple could have done something more with the design. The neighborhood and the mall's customers are insanely diverse, and in addition to a diverse staff, it would have been nice to see an architectural design that celebrates this aspect. 

  • Reply 7 of 26
    schlackschlack Posts: 708member
    wow 25 languages including english? impressive. /s
  • Reply 8 of 26
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    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post







    There's one planned for Williamsburg.

    That will be convenient.  I can pick up some Mast Brothers chocolate when I go the the Brooklyn Apple Store.  It'll save me from having to bike over the WillyB bridge to get to Manhattan to visit an Apple Retail store.  I'm glad there are plenty of Greenways in the WillyB section.  There's no Greenways near Queens Blvd. or Forest Hills, so that's a pain.  Have to bike on the Queens Blvd. service road and vehicle traffic is a nightmare near Queens Center.

     

    Apple is putting up retail stores like crazy and yet Wall Street keeps claiming Apple has no future growth.  Freaking unbelievable.  Apple is providing a fair number of jobs for people which is a good thing in these weak economic times.  And the naysayers originally said Apple having stores would be a bad idea.  No consumer tech company has what Apple has to drive product sales.

  • Reply 9 of 26
    Williamsburg store will open soon. Downtown (World Trade) will open end of year.
  • Reply 10 of 26
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,584member

    I live a few neighborhoods away, but I'm really surprised that Apple is opening a store here.   While before the mall's expansion some years ago, it had the highest per-foot sales of any mall in the U.S. and it does get tremendous foot traffic compared to many suburban malls, it's a relatively downscale mall that attracts lower- and middle-class shoppers.       While it has a parking garage, the majority of shoppers come there by public transportation, although it's only a local subway stop (no express service).    It's a very rare occasion that I venture in there - the last time was several years ago - as there's no store there that I care to shop in.       That's not to say that Apple won't sell a lot of phones here, but I doubt they'll be selling very many MacBook Pros or Apple watches.   

     

    If they wanted hipsters, Astoria would have been preferable.   If they wanted people who could afford expensive new apartments, Long Island City would have been the place.    If they wanted people with old money, Bayside or Forest Hills would have been better, although there would have been substantially less foot traffic.   

     

    While Apple does have a store on 14th Street and 9th Avenue in the meatpacking district, which is now the High Line district, Apple reportedly once looked at a location on 14th street somewhere between 6th and 8th avenue.   Steve Jobs visited the proposed site and killed it because he didn't like the area and its downscale retail.    This Queens Center Mall isn't much better, IMO.    The anchor stores are Macy's and JC Penny, not Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom's.   

  • Reply 11 of 26
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    zoetmb wrote: »
    I live a few neighborhoods away, but I'm really surprised that Apple is opening a store here.   While before the mall's expansion some years ago, it had the highest per-foot sales of any mall in the U.S. and it does get tremendous foot traffic compared to many suburban malls, it's a relatively downscale mall that attracts lower- and middle-class shoppers.       While it has a parking garage, the majority of shoppers come there by public transportation, although it's only a local subway stop (no express service).    It's a very rare occasion that I venture in there - the last time was several years ago - as there's no store there that I care to shop in.       That's not to say that Apple won't sell a lot of phones here, but I doubt they'll be selling very many MacBook Pros or Apple watches.   

    If they wanted hipsters, Astoria would have been preferable.   If they wanted people who could afford expensive new apartments, Long Island City would have been the place.    If they wanted people with old money, Bayside or Forest Hills would have been better, although there would have been substantially less foot traffic.   

    While Apple does have a store on 14th Street and 9th Avenue in the meatpacking district, which is now the High Line district, Apple reportedly once looked at a location on 14th street somewhere between 6th and 8th avenue.   Steve Jobs visited the proposed site and killed it because he didn't like the area and its downscale retail.    This Queens Center Mall isn't much better, IMO.    The anchor stores are Macy's and JC Penny, not Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom's.   

    Isn't most of New York fairly filthy?
  • Reply 12 of 26
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    I haven't been to the Queens Center Mall in ages, but I've been there plenty in the past.

     

    I always wanted one of those free Apple T-shirts that they give out when they open up new stores. Maybe I should go and get myself one, when they open up this new store on Saturday. I wonder what color the shirt is? Yes, I am picky, and I only like certain colors.:smokey:

  • Reply 13 of 26
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,584member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post





    Isn't most of New York fairly filthy?



    I don't know what that has to do with my post, since I didn't say anything about any part of NYC being "filthy" (downscale doesn't mean dirty), but it depends upon what you're comparing it to.    If you're comparing it to a small town in Maine or the streets of central Paris or Munich, yes, it's filthy.   If you're comparing it to NYC in the 1970s or 80s, no, it's actually quite clean (and by clean, I mean "litter free", not the quality of the air) except in the few remaining very low-income areas.   

     

    In fact, when I've researched vintage photos of the city and looked at photos taken in the late 1940s, the city appears much dirtier than it is now.    Hell, even the Bowery has $5 million condos now and a modern new museum.   The remaining homeless in the area are living on some of the most expensive real estate in the world.      

     

    Having said that, the subway stations are generally filthy and disgusting.   The Metropolitan Transit Authority made the brilliant decision to eliminate trash cans from some subway stations thinking that if there was no place to throw something away, people would hold their trash.    Only people who never travel on the subway would make such an idiotic decision.   And certain road exits and entrances are disgusting, especially on the approach to the George Washington Bridge and under the Long Island Expressway where it starts on the Queens side of the midtown tunnel.   

  • Reply 14 of 26
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    I did some quick research (googling), and it appears that most of the free t-shirts given out at store openings are blue, with the occasional red and black shirt being given out at certain locations. So most likely, I'm going to have to guess that this will be a blue Apple T-shirt.

  • Reply 15 of 26
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    Actually, I've done some more googling, and it seems that many of the NYC shirts are black! I like black better than blue, so maybe this Queens Center Apple Store will also be giving away black T-shirts. You can't go wrong with black! :smokey:

  • Reply 16 of 26
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member

    I have now confirmed that Apple will be giving away black Apple T-shirts at this location! :smokey:

     

    The Apple store's doors will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The first 1,000 customers to walk in will receive a free black Apple T-shirt with the company's logo and the store's location.

     

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/apple-open-new-retail-store-weekend-queens-mall-article-1.2283163

  • Reply 17 of 26
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,001member
    zoetmb wrote: »
    I live a few neighborhoods away, but I'm really surprised that Apple is opening a store here.   While before the mall's expansion some years ago, it had the highest per-foot sales of any mall in the U.S. and it does get tremendous foot traffic compared to many suburban malls, it's a relatively downscale mall that attracts lower- and middle-class shoppers.       While it has a parking garage, the majority of shoppers come there by public transportation, although it's only a local subway stop (no express service).    It's a very rare occasion that I venture in there - the last time was several years ago - as there's no store there that I care to shop in.       That's not to say that Apple won't sell a lot of phones here, but I doubt they'll be selling very many MacBook Pros or Apple watches.   

    If they wanted hipsters, Astoria would have been preferable.   If they wanted people who could afford expensive new apartments, Long Island City would have been the place.    If they wanted people with old money, Bayside or Forest Hills would have been better, although there would have been substantially less foot traffic.   

    While Apple does have a store on 14th Street and 9th Avenue in the meatpacking district, which is now the High Line district, Apple reportedly once looked at a location on 14th street somewhere between 6th and 8th avenue.   Steve Jobs visited the proposed site and killed it because he didn't like the area and its downscale retail.    This Queens Center Mall isn't much better, IMO.    The anchor stores are Macy's and JC Penny, not Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom's.   

    Isn't most of New York fairly filthy?

    Not since all the gentrification. I miss my old dirty grimy NYC.
  • Reply 18 of 26
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post





    Not since all the gentrification. I miss my old dirty grimy NYC.



    Yes, I miss all of the porn on 42nd street. Now, it's too commercialized, too many tourists, and companies like Disney have taken over everywhere.

  • Reply 19 of 26
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,001member
    apple ][ wrote: »
    dasanman69 wrote: »
    Not since all the gentrification. I miss my old dirty grimy NYC.


    Yes, I miss all of the porn on 42nd street. Now, it's too commercialized, too many tourists, and companies like Disney have taken over everywhere.

    Pretty soon it'll be known as the Big Apple Store because it's become so clean, and sterile. :lol:
  • Reply 20 of 26
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,408member
    dasanman69 wrote: »
    Pretty soon it'll be known as the Big Apple Store because it's become so clean, and sterile. :lol:

    That would be nice, but as long as there are still people in cities, cities will be polluted and smell bad.
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