The huge glass cube that marks the entrance to Apple's Fifth Avenue flagship store will soon be taken down for renovations to the store, according to plans filed with the city Department of Buildings. Last month, Apple filled for a full removal permit and got it granted three days ago.
Apple is planning to expand the flagship to 77,000 square feet, up from its existing 32,000 square feet, according to MacRumors.
Englewood, N.J. -based Waldorf Exteriors LLC is listed as the contractor for the project, which is valued at $2 million.
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It's believed to be part of a major renovation and expansion of Apple's underground store. This first time 5th Avenue woke up without the Apple cube was in 2011, when the company made a decision to optimize and re-built the formerly 90 glass panel cube out of just 15 larger, more "efficient" panels.
The store has been relocated to the former FAO Schwarz space at the same address in the meantime. "We look forward to creating an incredible new Apple Fifth Avenue, where our customers will enjoy new services and experiences in a much larger space", reads a statement from the company earlier this year. The agency issued the permit for the work on April 17.
Representatives from Apple did not immediately return a request for comment.