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RackedWire: UWS Apple Store Due By Thanksgiving; Bloomberg and Kimora Open JC Penney

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UPPER WEST SIDE—New local blog Westside Independent did some sleuthing and determined that the Apple Store at 67th Street and Broadway should be open around Thanksgiving of this year. And they might already be hiring: "A source in the investment community familiar with the company also told me that Apple has begun talking to employees at its other stores to see if they are interested in managerial positions at the new store. It’s unclear whether the company has started a formal hiring process. Apple didn’t return a phone call, and the company hasn’t even acknowledged that it’s opening a store at the location." [Westside Independent]

HERALD SQUARE—Who would you rather go shopping with: Mayor Bloomberg or Kimora Lee Simmons? (This is harder than it first appears. Bloomberg might be dull, but we get the feeling Kimora would fight you for the good stuff.) They both helped kick off the official opening of JC Penney today—the mayor with a speech, and the model by leading kids from kids from the Children's Aid Society on a back-to-school shopping spree. [Style List]