Apple Opens Eighth NYC Location
The 968,000-square-foot indoor Queens Center Mall was the site Saturday for a Grand Opening celebration of Apple’s first retail store in the New York City borough of Queens. Elsewhere in the city, Apple operates six stores in Manhattan and one in Staten Island.
The mall, in the heart of a densely populated area near a mass transit hub at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and the Long Island Expressway, serves a market of over two million people and around 700,000 ethnically diverse households. It is anchored at one end by Macy’s and at the other end by JC Penney.
Throngs of consumers queued up by the hundreds, each hoping to be one of the first 1,000 through the door to receive a complimentary black T-shirt imprinted with the Apple logo and the store location. They were greeted while waiting by dozens of Apple sales associates, who circled the snaking line, glad-handing and welcoming them with cheers and high-fives. The shirt supply was exhausted within about 40 minutes of the 10 a.m. opening.