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Apple fans in India are eagerly anticipating the opening of the first Apple retail store in the country, which has been subject to multiple delays. According to recent reports, the new store located in Mumbai is finally set to open later this month. Ahead of the grand opening, Apple has shared the first image of the store’s barricade, as well as a special wallpaper to celebrate the occasion.
Named Apple BKC because of its location in the business and residential district Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, the store will be situated in the premium Jio World Drive Mall. Although Apple has not confirmed the details, it is believed that the store will be around 22,000 square feet in size and feature flagship architecture similar to other Apple stores located in major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Beijing, Milan, and Singapore.
While the final design of the store is yet to be revealed, Apple has given us a preview of its facade covered by a barricade inspired by the iconic Kaali Peeli taxi art unique to Mumbai. The artwork features colorful interpretations of the decals combined with illustrations of many Apple products and services. There’s also a bright “Hello Mumbai” message for those passing by the location of the new store.
To celebrate the opening of the new store, Apple has created special wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac based on the illustrations of the barricade. Additionally, there’s a special version of the Apple logo designed specifically for the store. The company is also promoting a special Apple Music playlist featuring “sounds of Mumbai”.
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It is worth noting that Apple has been attempting to open retail stores in India for years but has faced various challenges such as strict local sourcing rules. The opening of this store is a significant milestone for the company’s expansion plans in the country.
Last month, Apple opened a new retail store in South Korea’s Gangnam District with a unique glass facade. Although the opening of the Mumbai store has faced delays, it is expected to be a grand affair with some Apple executives, including retail chief Deirdre O’Brien, reportedly attending the event. Apple fans in India can look forward to finally experiencing the iconic Apple retail experience firsthand in their own country.