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It's like they always say: Apple news comes in threes. First, the brand revealed its new, improved, fewer-paneled Fifth Avenue cube. Then, it fixed the broken windows at its Upper West Side store. And now, rumors of an opening date for the Grand Central location have hit the Internet: 9to5Mac speculates that the store will open the Saturday before Black Friday, or November 19.
9to5Mac's writers don't explain where that date comes from, but they do have plenty of information about Apple's preparations for the launch. For a few weeks now, they report, Apple has been training an army of future employees at a Times Square hotel, running them through "Core," the brand's official training program. They're being quizzed on customer service and products, participating in role-playing games, and learning from an Apple workbook. Once they graduate, they'll spend some time shadowing employees at currently-open stores, then complete their education by setting up the new space.
· Behold: Apple's New Fifth Avenue Cube Is Finally Unveiled [Racked NY]
· Apple Store Grand Central closer to opening [9to5Mac]
· Apple Grand Central Update: Behold Renderings [Racked NY]