Yes, all the rumors are true — Apple is opening a store at 247 Bedford Avenue! The grand opening is set for July 30, according to Apple’s website. Hat tip to Gothamist.
Where the first Apple store would open in Brooklyn has been rumored for years. At one time, speculation focused on the former Salvation Army store at Bedford and North 7th.
Another Apple store is slated to open in a new building a few blocks from Barclays later this year or in early 2017, sources tell Brownstoner.
Developers RedSky Capital and Waterbridge Capital bought 247 Bedford Avenue for $66 million in 2012. Apple signed a lease for the 20,000-square-foot store in 2014, according to a New York Post story at the time.
Meanwhile, across the street, Brooklyn’s second Whole Foods will open July 26, according to signs in the window.
The retail mix in Williamsburg has changed significantly since Apple signed its lease in 2014. Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, American Apparel, Gant, Levi’s, Duane Reade, Equinox, WeWork, CapitalOne, Citibank and Urban Outfitters have set up shop in the formerly mom-and-pop neighborhood. Trader Joe’s is also coming at 206 Kent Avenue, three blocks away.
The Apple opening culminates years of rumors and hope Apple would be moving to Brooklyn, and shows the new stature of the borough.
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