First Apple Store in India due to open in 2020; stores in Mexico and Japan open
While Latin America (or rather Mexico) celebrates the opening of its first store flagship From Ma, India is looking forward to plans to host its first Apple Store in the not too distant future, as the plans are apparently set and ongoing, as we will see below.
In addition, we will also check out other recent (re) inaugurations of the company in Japan, the United States and China. Without further ado, let's look at Ma's retail news.
Apple Store in India
The story between Apple and India is pretty much a Mexican Indian soap opera, but Apple's plans to open its first physical store in the country may hopefully get off the ground, according to a new report from The Economic Times.
According to the publication, Apple selected the location for its first store in the country: the shopping center Maker Maxity, located in the Bandra Kurla complex in Mumbai. According to sources from Economic Times, the thriving Apple Store will occupy over 2,300 square feet on three floors of the mall to offer a "experience center", a service floor and a retail floor.
Such a "center of experience" should refer to the Forum, where the sessions of the Today at Apple, most often located in store floors; meanwhile, it is very likely that the service center will correspond to the Genius groovewhere Ma offers technical support.
O Economic Times further notes that the flagship It is expected to open by September 2020, and may take eight months to a year to be ready at the same time as most Apple Stores located within US malls, and some store materials would already be moving to India.
As we said, Mexico was partying during the opening of the first store flagship from the country (and Latin America) last week, Apple Antara. After months of construction and some poking around, the store opened to the public on September 27, just in time for the new iPhones to be released.
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Deirdre O'Brien, Apple's senior vice president of retail and people, joined Ma's team to welcome customers from the new store, while Miguel's Mexican artist ?Nan?, also known as Girl Ultra, performed. Ma CEO Tim Cook also celebrated the inauguration:
Since last year, Japan has been receiving a huge investment from Apple that has made it possible to renovate six of its stores in the country, and the most recent of these is Apple Fukuoka, which has opened 150 meters away from the former site. As we reported, this Ma store was, until then, the last unit of the company that had the The studio the forerunner of Today at Apple.
Inspired by Apple's new design standard, the Apple Fukuoka façade highlighted the entire interior of the store from the front glass, supported by two stone walls. Compared to the previous installation, the new store has a 50% wider and 3x higher facade.
Like other stores in the Asian region, Ma considered local architecture and culture when building the new Apple Fukuoka. So this first store in the world to use an alternative form of shoji wooden sliding panels or doors (in the case of Apple Fukuoka, glazing) adapted with a translucent paper type to allow for soft light during the day.
Apple Old Orchard
In Ma's home country, Apple Old Orchard, located in the state of Illinois, has moved from a damp space at Westfield Old Orchard Mall to a large new street store in Skokie.
The new store welcomes customers with a large façade and a revolving door that also gives access to the new Forum where the activities of the Today at Apple.
Maryland has also been spotted with Apple's retail news, and recently the company has reopened the third (of five) stores that has been remodeled in the region: Apple Columbia. The facility has reopened in the same location as before, The Mall shopping center, but is now located on the second floor of the complex.
As you can see, Apple Columbia follows the company's new retail design adapted to the shopping centers, namely wide doors (open in parallel), central lights and a new, designer ceiling. clean.
Apple Shanghai iapm
While some stores are completely closed for refurbishment, in other cases Apple divides the environment into various sectors to allow changes to take place without interrupting service. This was the case of Apple Shanghai iapm in Shanghai (China).
The renovations began last June, when the second floor of the site was closed to add shelves in the sector that Apple calls Avenue. At the end of the following month, the works were moved to the first floor and Apple decorated the venue with one of the logos used at its special event last October.
Apple Shanghai iapm maintained its iconic spiral glass staircase, but gained a Video wall and a new one Forum. This is the seventh store in Greater China to be updated to Ma's new retail standard.