Apple to open second store in Hangzhou, China on April 24

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in General Discussion edited April 2015
Apple on Tuesday announced the upcoming opening of a second store in Hangzhou, China, scheduled to start serving customers on April 24, the same day Apple Watch is slated to launch.




The Apple Store Vientiane City in Hangzhou is to be located in the MixC mall, where high end luxury brands like Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada and more cover five levels of shopping space, three basement levels and a penthouse restaurant floor.

According to Apple China's updated retail website, the grand opening will take place on April 24, the same day Apple Watch hits store shelves. China is among nine launch countries, including the Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the U.S. and the UK.

Interestingly, the MixC location will open its doors exactly three months after the wraps came off another standalone store in the same city, a two-story structure that debuted to much fanfare.

Being in a shopping mall, the forthcoming outlet is not expected to boast architectural landmarks like other Apple Stores, such as Pudong and Chongqing's glass cylinder entryways. The usual amenities appear to be in place, however, with a Genius Bar and customer workshop area for One to One lessons accompanying the sales floor.

Apple has expressed interest in tripling its retail presence in China by mid-2016, meaning the company expects to field more than 40 outlets in the region. Most recently, an Apple Store location popped up in Chongqing, also in a MixC mall.

The Apple Store Vientiane City opens on April 24 and will operate Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    bobschlobbobschlob Posts: 1,074member
    So, how many China stores this year so far?? How many more left to go this year??
    I forget what was announced at the time.
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    Originally Posted by BobSchlob View Post



    So, how many China stores this year so far?? How many more left to go this year??

    I forget what was announced at the time.



    I think some 20-odd stores in China (including Greater China) and they are targeting around 40+ by mid-end next year. That's what I vaguely remember.

  • Reply 3 of 6
    bkkcanuckbkkcanuck Posts: 854member
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    I think some 20-odd stores in China (including Greater China) and they are targeting around 40+ by mid-end next year. That's what I vaguely remember.


     

    They should open one in Bangkok.  Lots of people come through here shopping at plenty of high end stores (mostly Asian shoppers), lots of Apple products sold here.... 

  • Reply 4 of 6
    krawallkrawall Posts: 156member

    How about open a few more in Europe ....

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    poksipoksi Posts: 481member
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    How about open a few more in Europe ....




    Of course they will do this eventually, but I do believe they have very good statistics data to show them how many more they need and where. Current estimation prevails in favour of opening new stores in China, which seems to me like a logical move. Sales is huge there and it's growing like mad!

     

    I would rather see some improvements in the store than more of them, though.

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    tylerdtylerd Posts: 27member
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    Originally Posted by bkkcanuck View Post

     

     

    They should open one in Bangkok.  Lots of people come through here shopping at plenty of high end stores (mostly Asian shoppers), lots of Apple products sold here.... 




    Yes, agreed... But perhaps too much political strife there. The occasional political coup there does not help with foreign investment. I just moved from there, so I know that the locals see it as a passing phase, but still...

     

    BTW, they really need a store in Seoul, South Korea. Lots of Apple lovers here in Samsung's home country.

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