Apple’s Second Store Moving Across Street

April 26, 2011

Just six months after its 10-year lease runs out, the second store in Apple’s chain at the Glendale Galleria (S. Calif.) will reportedly move across the street to the more modern The Americana at Brand shopping mall, the second major defection from the 1976-vintage mall in the last two months. A job listing has appeared for an Apple store at The Americana, just a month after long-time tenant Nordstrom announced their plans to move from the Galleria and open a store in the newer mall by 2013. A handful of early stores have moved to nearby and larger spaces. However, because of this store’s heritage and some history between the two malls, this move would be especially significant. Most of Apple’s leases are for 10 years, according to financial reports, although some are signed for 15 years. As next month’s 10th anniversary of the stores approaches, 25 other leases are coming up for renewal or renegotiation by year’s end. The Americana was opened in 2007 by Caruso Affiliated, which has had a long-time feud with General Growth Properties (GGP), which manages the Galleria. The Americana itself has been controversial among some community members who say its condos, apartments, and retail space is too expansive for the city. Earlier this month Caruso settled a lawsuit filed by a neighboring property owner, clearing the way for a planned expansion of his mall. For the moment, job listings still remain posted for the existing Galleria Apple store. Based on standard construction schedules, the new store could open by mid-November. Update: New reports state that the existing store is not moving, but rather the new store will be an additional location in 13,966 square-feet of space #877, formerly the Ruehl store. If so, the two stores would be only 600 feet, door-to-door from each other, the closest of any stores in the chain.

The new space is reportedly along Americana Way, in the middle of the Main Street-style shopping complex. According to leasing documents (pdf), the annual rent is $725,673, and show Apple will be assuming Ruehl’s lease, which expires in May 2018. Download (pdf) a plan of The Americana complex.

The existing Apple store is 600 feet to the left, across Central St. in the Glendale Galleria.

The second store for Glendale will be 600 feet east of the current store, in space #877 of The Americana at Main Street-style Brand shopping mall.

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InTheKnow April 26, 2011 at 1000

This story is not completely true. First off, Glendala Galleria is store number ONE. Secondly, they are not moving across the street. They are opening a new store across the street at the Americana, but Galleria will remain open. Apple would not close their original store

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Guy April 26, 2011 at 1124

Not quite true InTheKnow,
While the Glendale store is listed as Store 1, the McLean Tyson’s Corner Store (Store 2) actually opened a few hours ealier. Also, what makes you think Apple wouldn’t close a store if another is opening so close it makes little difference? Apple certainly has no trouble leaving tech behind, so I can’t see why a store would be any different.

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Pedant April 26, 2011 at 1155

Not quite. The store in Tyson Corner, VA opened earlier on the same day so it’s technically store #1 and Apple has never seemed to have a problem abandoning something just because it was an original.

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Gary Allen April 28, 2011 at 0132

For the record, news accounts of the time detail that both the Tysons Corner and Glendale Galleria stores opened at 10 a.m. local time. Chronologically, that means the Tysons Corner store opened three hours before Glendale Galleria. Cnet wrote about the east coast opening, and Macworld wrote about the west coast opening, both stories mentioning “10 a.m.”

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InTheKnow April 26, 2011 at 1907

I’m well aware that Tyson’s Corner opened the same day as the Glendale Galleria, that doesn’t take away from the fact that Glendale is store #1. And secondly, seeing as I know someone that works in that market, the Galleria store is not closing. The Americana is being added as the 5th store to that market, which includes Glendale, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks and Topanga. Trust me

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ProCareGiver April 28, 2011 at 0859

Tyson’s Corner did technically open three hours early due to the time zone difference, however Glendale is officially R001. Planning and location selection for Glendale occurred before Tyson’s Corner, and it technically the 1st store.

InTheKnow is correct. There are currently no plans to close the Glendale Galleria store. The new store at the Americana will open in the former location of RUEHL No.925. The Galleria store will continue to operate in the way that The Grove and Beverly Center function, but in a closer proximity.

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InTheKnow April 30, 2011 at 1752

Thank you ProCareGiver

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