The Associated Press reports Apple will soon close it’s iconic Fifth Avenue New York City store for some much needed renovations. The store will move its operations to the nearby, and soon to be empty, FAO Schwarz Toy Store in the General Motors building. No timeline was given for the renovation of the Apple Store.
FAO Schwarz, the oldest toy store in the United States, is set to vacate its ground-level store in the General Motors Building in July 2015 due to the rising cost of rent. The storefront is located just steps away from the current Apple Store at 58th Street and Fifth Avenue, so the temporary move should be rather seamless.
The Fifth Avenue location is only one of 20 existing retail stores that Apple plans to renovate. A number of those stores are expected to double in size, in order to accommodate increase patronage. Apple also has plans to remodel their London flagship store on Regent Street. Apple will relocate their Union Square store in San Francisco.
The most recent renovation to the Fifth Avenue store took place in 2011, when Apple had larger, seamless panes of glass installed in the landmark cube.