NEW YORK (PIX11)—It's an iconic transit hub that's been around for over a century. One of the largest in the world, Grand Central Terminal serves nearly a million commuters daily, but now its about to get a little bit busier.
Apple will soon call the terminal home, as a deal between the tech giant and the MTA will reportedly bring the world's largest Apple Store to the already congested hot spot.
With an infamous reputation of sending consumers into a tizzy every time a new iPhone or iPad comes out, is bringing an Apple Store to Grand Central Terminal a really smart idea?
"It's crowded as it is," Mattie Ling told PIX 11 News. "Between people trying to get through their commute and tourists taking pictures, I don't think there is enough room to take on a long line of tech nerds."
According to the 10-year deal, the 23,000 square foot store will take up residence on Grand Central's north and northeast balconies, replacing Charlie Palmer's Metrazur Restaurant.
Mario Ibelate, a native of Spain who now resides in Brooklyn, said the addition of an Apple Store will likely cheapen the classic look and architecture of the century-old terminal.
"There's something very romantic about Grand Central Station and although I am a big techie, I think an Apple Store will take away from it all."
Apple will reportedly pay $800,000 in rent a year for the space, and after its 10-year contract is up, rent will skyrocket to over $1 million.
Despite the critics, the MTA says the deal will bring millions in profit, saying in a statement to the New York Post, "It will bring a great new shopping destination to iconic Grand Central Terminal and significantly increase revenues for the MTA's transportation system."
The MTA's financial committee is expected to approve the deal as early as this week.