Apple Store at Grand Central Terminal Arriving Soon – But When?

The largest Apple Store in the world is almost fully baked, but right now you can’t tell what’s behind the black curtain at New York’s Grand Central Terminal.

An electronic sign which mimics the destination signs at Grand Central offers some teasers, but holds back the most essential information: When will the darn thing open? When will commuters passing through the historic train station get a chance to peruse iPads and Macs on their ways to and from work? No official word from Apple yet.

The good news is that you won’t have any problem finding the store: It takes up the entire east balcony and then some.

Those of you old enough to lie about your age might remember when this area was completely blocked by the Kodak Colorama, a gigantic photo which took over the entire balcony. The 18-by-60-foot transparency, billed as the world’s largest photograph, ruled over the space for 40 years until the late 1990s, when Grand Central underwent a major renovation which removed billboards, kiosks and other clutter out of the main waiting area and added the east staircase.

It’s a sure bet that the store will open early enough to inhale income from the current holiday shopping season, but we don’t know when the black curtain will lift. However, even though you can’t shop at the Grand Central Terminal Apple Store yet, you can apply for a job there now, according to Apple’s website.

Text and video Copyright 2011, Robert S. Anthony, Stadium Circle Features