Apple store coming to Miami Worldcenter mixed-use complex

Developers started construction of one-story retail building in the fall

Nitin Motwani, Art Falcone’s Miami Worldcenter Scores Apple
Miami Worldcenter's Art Falcone and Nitin Motwani with 725 Northeast First Avenue in downtown Miami (Miami Worldcenter, Google Maps)

Apple will open at Miami Worldcenter, confirming months of speculation that the tech giant is on tap at the mixed-use megadevelopment. 

The store leased a one-story, 15,000-square-foot building that is under construction on a 0.4-acre lot at 725 Northeast First Avenue, according to records. An entity tied to Miami Worldcenter developers Nitin Motwani and Art Falcone filed a notice of construction commencement in November. The store size was revealed in an agreement between the developers and Miami-Dade County for water and sewer connections for the building. 

Miami Worldcenter Associates, led by Motwani and Falcone, in partnership with CIM Group, is the master developer of the $6 billion complex that spans 27 acres at the intersection of downtown Miami and the city’s Park West neighborhood. 

Apple didn’t return a request for comment, and Miami Worldcenter declined comment. 

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The lease will mark the sixth Apple store in Miami-Dade County. The Silicon Valley-based firm also has outposts at Brickell City Centre, Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road, Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall and The Falls, according to Apple’s website. 

Commercial Observer first reported the Apple lease at Miami Worldcenter. 

Miami Worldcenter has a total of 300,000 square feet of retail, including an 80,000-square-foot glass-encased Jewel Box building across the street from the future Apple store. Roughly 98 percent of the retail space is leased, according to a Miami Worldcenter spokesperson. 

Nick Jonas’ and menswear designer John Varvatos’ Villa One Tequila Gardens took nearly 12,300 square feet of rooftop space at the Jewel Box. The restaurant will open next year. 

Also on tap is Rihanna’s lingerie brand Savage X Fenty, which will open a 3,000-square-foot store at the completed Paramount condominium tower. Restaurant Juvia, which closed its rooftop outpost on Lincoln Road last year, will reopen in a 15,900-square-foot space by year end on the 12th floor at 652 Northeast Second Avenue within Miami Worldcenter.