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Berkeley Apple Store designs show building changes

Storefront of the planned new Apple Store/photo: ifoAppleStore.com

When Berkeleyside broke the news that an Apple Store was moving into Fourth Street, officials from neither Apple nor the city could confirm the story. But ifoAppleStore, a site dedicated to news about Apple’s retail operations, yesterday revealed the full details of the store from drawings filed with the city in mid-November.

The submitted drawings show Apple is planning to fill in the plaza in front of the existing store, which used to house the Slater Marinoff furniture store. A familiar Apple storefront will be flush with neighboring buildings. A partial second level will be added at the rear of the building (indicated by the pink shading in the drawing shown above) for back-of-house operations. The retail space will total 4,455 square feet.

The building permit values the project at $1.7 million. According to ifoAppleStore, based on the permit process and construction time, the store could open next fall. Gary Allen from ifoAppleStore told Berkeleyside that Apple aims for a pre-Thanksgiving opening for most of its retail stores.