New Apple store a-building next to Barnes & Noble

NEW HAVEN — Just about the trendiest bricks-and-mortal retail destination anywhere, an Apple store is coming to Broadway.

Yale is embarking on a $5 million renovation of 65-77 Broadway, which is owned by University Properties. Until February the building was occupied by Barnes & Noble, which continues to operate the Yale Bookstore next door at 77 Broadway.

Although at press time neither Apple Computer nor Yale have confirmed the opening or location of the store, the Apple website list job openings including “store leader” (equivalent to store manager) and “manager” (assistant manager) for “New Haven 06511,” which corresponds to the ZIP code of Broadway. Apple also has Connecticut stores in Danbury Fair Mall, Farmington’s Westfarms Mall, Stamford and Greenwich, among 323 stores worldwide, according to Apple Computer’s most recent quarterly report.

The work is being done by Shawmut Construction, a Boston company that has constructed a number of Apple stores, including their flagship outlet in New York City. The architect for the project is Seattle-based Callison, LLC.