Apple plans to move flagship San Francisco retail store to Union Square area

Apple has submitted plans to move its flagship retail store in San Francisco a few blocks down to the bustling Union Square area.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Apple has submitted plans to move its flagship retail store in San Francisco a few blocks

down to the bustling Union Square area. 

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.

With an expanded space, Apple noted that its new San Francisco store will create 50 additional jobs on top of the 350 positions that

currently exist at its current location.

Apple's plan to move its flagship San Francisco retail store isn't terribly surprising given that Tim Cook this past February noted thatcapacity was being strained.

many of Apple's retail locations were becoming so popular that 

"Some of our stores aren’t big enough," Cook said at this year's Goldman Sachs technology conference. "It’s a privilege to have this

kind of issue."

That being the case, Cook at the time noted that Apple has plans to shut down 20 retail store locations and move them to locations where

expansion is possible.

Apple meanwhile notes that its new San Francisco store will house 400 employees, 50 more than the current location.

Naturally, the Chronicle notes that Apple is working with the San Francisco Mayor's office to create a building that is green-friendly

and energy efficient.

A timeline for the planned move hasn't yet been disclosed.

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