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After years of delays, Apple is finally set to open its first flagship store in India. According to a recent report from the Economic Times, the company is on track to open its Mumbai store in April.
The store will be located in the Jio World Drive mall and will span over 22,000 square feet. The store is set to become a “retail landmark” similar to Apple’s stores in Los Angeles, New York, Beijing, Milan, and Singapore.
Shortly after the Mumbai store opening, Apple plans to open its second store in Delhi. According to industry executives cited by the Economic Times, the store is set to open sometime between April and June. The store will be located in the Select Citywalk mall in Saket and will be over 10,000 square feet.
The report indicates that fitouts for both stores have been completed, with the Delhi store being finished ahead of the Mumbai one. However, since Mumbai will be the flagship store, it will open first next month. The Delhi store will follow soon after.
Apple has increasingly focused on India as one of its most significant sales markets over the past several years. The company has also expanded its manufacturing footprint in the country, with a report last year suggesting that a quarter of all iPhones could be made in India by 2025. Later reports have indicated that this could rise to half of all iPhones by 2027.
Last week, a report revealed that AirPods would be manufactured in India for the first time as early as next year. With this move, Apple hopes to increase its market share in the country by reducing the price of its products.
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The Economic Times report also suggests that Apple executives, including retail chief Deirdre O’Brien, will be present at the Mumbai store opening. It remains unclear whether CEO Tim Cook will make an appearance, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he did. Apple’s entry into India’s retail market is expected to be a significant move for the company, and it will be interesting to see how the company’s strategy unfolds.