Apple to Relocate Flagship San Francisco Retail Store to Union Square

Apple's San Francisco flagship retail store has been a particularly high-profile location for the company since it opened nine years ago, but the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Apple has submitted plans to move the store to a new location three blocks away. The new location at Stockton and Post streets will be directly adjacent to Union Square, the focal point of San Francisco's high-end shopping district.

Supervisor David Chiu said he hoped the new silver box-shaped computer store and customer service center would “turbo-charge” the Union Square area, which has long been home to many of the city’s high-end retailers.

The new outlet will occupy the space at Stockton and Post streets formerly occupied by Levi’s and be about 45 percent larger than the existing space, though it will include all the same features.

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Rendering of new San Francisco flagship store on Union Square

Apple says that the new location will increase its staff from the current 350 to 400 at the new location, but no timeline for construction and the move has been announced.

The current flagship store at 1 Stockton Street is located directly adjacent to an entrance for a subway station serving both San Francisco's Muni Metro and the broader BART rail system. The new location is several blocks from the main Market Street transit corridor, but remains well served by transit and city officials hope that the new location will help draw more customers into the Union Square shopping district. San Francisco is also in the early stages of work on a new Central Subway line that will include a station directly at Union Square.

Update: AllThingsD has several larger images and a statement from Apple about the new store.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the city of San Francisco on a new Apple retail store at Union Square,” Apple said in a statement to AllThingsD. “Our store on Stockton Street has welcomed over 13 million customers since it opened nine years ago, and we look forward to serving them in an amazing new location when this project is complete.”

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Top Rated Comments

ck2875 Avatar
145 months ago
Apple's closing a store? hmmmm...
Relocating to a bigger store ≠ Closing. :confused:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
snebes Avatar
145 months ago
I love how it stands out from the other drab buildings. I really hope other highend brands follow suit.
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radutzan Avatar
145 months ago


It's a pretty bad rendering.
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smokestack Avatar
145 months ago
This actually raises an interesting question - what will become of a highly customized Apple store? Will Apple remove glass staircases? Remove glass cladding? Will the building owner be forced to reconfigure the building, or will they be left with an Apple look-alike store that will be snapped up by another high profile tenant?
This isn't some mall store that will just throw down new flooring and hang a new sign.

We might be seeing more of this in the future.
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the Helix Avatar
145 months ago
This is a better location than the current one. It should make for a better shopping experience.
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lildimsum7 Avatar
145 months ago
Smart move. Gotta get away from the hobos
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