Apple has been trying to get the approval it needs to build its new flagship store in San Francisco for a long time. The company submitted its proposal to the city in March of last year, and today it has been given the final seal of approval.
The new store will be located on the corner of Stockton and Post in Union Square, San Francisco’s luxury shopping district.
Plans for the store have been stalled for months by a number of issues, including concerns that Apple would need to demolish a prized fountain designed by artist Ruth Asawa.
Apple has been in need of expanding from its current space on One Stockton Street, which is only a few blocks away from the new location on Union Square. The new store will be a staggering 24,819 square feet, which is nearly double the size of the store it is replacing.
Apple gave the following statement to Re/code:
“We are thrilled that the city of San Francisco has given its final approval to begin work on our new store and public plaza, which will make a wonderful addition to Union Square and create hundreds of local jobs,” Apple spokeswoman Amy Bessette told Re/code. “Our Stockton Street store has been incredibly popular, welcoming over 13 million customers since it opened nine years ago, and we look forward to making a new home on Union Square.”