The wall between the two stores has been knocked down, creating what could be an Apple-store sized space. The space above the Bagel Store is empty, but there are apartments at 241 Bedford, above King’s. Whisk employee Joanne Saucier says she’s heard the tenants are being pressured to leave, and have been offered a buyout.
“The space where Bagel Store/Kings Pharmacy existed is going to be the Apple store location,” Saucier said in an email. “They’ve already started on it, and the lease was signed about a month ago. We found that out from the owners of the block.”
Last week, we reported that luxury condos will soon usurp the tumbledown je ne sais quos of Wythe Ave. from South Williamsburg all the way up to Greenpoint. Today we learned from Crain’s where the future residents of those condos will buy their flat-front khakis for $75: J.Crew. Full disclosure: I like J.Crew’s khakis, but I would not pay $75 for them. Maybe like $25 if they were on sale.
Crain’s also told us that Apple plans to open a store in Williamsburg. Great news if you don’t want to trek to one of the four Manhattan locations to get your $800 phone built by slave laborers fixed because INSTAGRAM ISN’T WORKING.
Along with inquiries into space in Fort Greene, Apple is looking into space at 247 Bedford Avenue for a new retail store. The space is currently occupied by The Bagel Store. From The Real Deal:
Meanwhile, two additional sources disputed that information, and said in fact the firm was looking closely at 247 Bedford Avenue, in Williamsburg. RedSky Capital and Joel Schreiber’s Waterbridge Capital purchased the building in 2012 for $66 million. It is across the street from a future Whole Foods location.
What do you think? Would you be happy to have a genius bar in the neighborhood, or is this just adding to the retail madness?