New York – Apple will open its third company-owned store in Manhattan.
The latest freestanding location will be at W. 14th Street. and Ninth Avenue, within the borough’s trendy Meat Packing district. No opening date was announced, and a company spokesperson could not confirm the store’s size or configuration.
The new store will join existing Manhattan units in SoHo and on Fifth Avenue. The latter, situated at E. 59th St. near Central Park, serves as the chain’s flagship location. Opened last May, the 25,000 square foot facility was built underground, and its above-ground entrance is marked by a 32-foot glass cube.
Apple has a fourth New York City store, located within a shopping mall in the borough of Staten Island.
The news follows Best Buy's announcement earlier this month that it will begin selling Apple computers in some 200 stores nationwide this fall. The rollout, which could eventually extend system-wide, follows a test program in select stores that began one year ago. The Macs are being sold by Apple-trained Best Buy blue shirts and are merchandised within a dedicated area of the stores' computer departments. Apple computers were last sold widely through Best Buy in 1998.
In other computer retailing news, Fry’s Electronics opened its newest store in Roseville, Calif., earlier this month. The 144,000-square-foot superstore is Fry's second within the Sacramento, Calif., market and its 34th location nationwide. In keeping with chain’s tradition of creating storefront themes that reflect the local markets, the Roseville store has a train motif that recalls the community’s railroad heritage.