The San Francisco Planning Commission and the city’s Board of Supervisors has given the final approval to Apple for the company’s new flagship Union Square Apple Retail Store. Re/code reports that now that Apple has the approval, the company can begin construction on their new store, which is located approximately three block from their current San Francisco retail store.
“We are thrilled that the city of San Francisco has given its final approval to begin work on our new store and public plaza, which will make a wonderful addition to Union Square and create hundreds of local jobs,” Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette told Re/code. “Our Stockton Street store has been incredibly popular, welcoming over 13 million customers since it opened nine years ago, and we look forward to making a new home on Union Square.”
The new location is at the corner of Stockton and Post on Union Square, which is home to many of the city’s luxury retailers. Apple’s new digs will measure approximately 24,819 square feet, which is around 45% larger than Apple’s current Stockton and Ellis location. Apple says the new store will require the hiring of 50 more employees, bringing the store’s employee numbers up to around 400.
Apple notes that it expects the new store to become “more iconic than the glass cube in New York City.”
The exact date construction will begin hasn’t been officially announced, however sources close to the company suggest it will likely begin this summer.