Apple has begun a super-secret quest for a store in historic Grand Central Terminal, potentially creating a hive of buzzing techies in the glamorous Beaux Arts landmark. Reliable sources tell The Observer that the maker of ubiquitous iGadgets--from computers to cell phones--hopes to open a store in the transportation and retail hub, though it has yet to begin the long approval process necessary for opening in a city landmark.
For its part, MTA Real Estate/ Retail+Leasing division, which will have the final word on any new store, offered this careful response: "We select tenants through a public process that features a formal request for proposals," said Aaron Donovan, a spokesman for the MTA. "We don't comment on prospective tenants outside of the process. Robert K. Futterman, which handled Apple's first three New York spaces, declined to comment.
Apple, unsurprisingly, said the company hadn't made an announcement about a new store.
The riddle remains: Where can you put a phalanx of high-tech gadgets and hundreds of techies and tourists alike in historic Grand Central? Banana Republic and Kenneth Cole, which have stores fronting 42nd Street, have leases expiring, according to one broker, but the store is not expected to take those spaces. Instead, it sounds like the company plans to put its high-tech shrine right in the terminal.
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