updated 07:35 pm EDT, Sat August 13, 2011
Hong Kong Apple store gets tentative date
Apple may be just six weeks away from launching its most ambitious retail store yet at Hong Kong's International Finance Center. New tips from two sources for 9to5 peg the opening day as September 24. While unconfirmed, it follows a photo from Tom Mead in the area that show the trademark glass covering virtually all of the front.
The store promises to be one of the most expensive to run for Apple as a prime location in an area where rent is already high. The store will occupy three storeys and will be wide enough to span the six lanes of traffic that run underneath. By extension, it should also be one of the larger and costliest technology stores of any kind.
Hong Kong stores, including a future one in Causeway Bay, are likely crucial to maintaining the growth that led to a sixfold improvement in revenue in China from year to year. Apple is also likely to depend more heavily on its southeast Asian sales when the iPhone 5 arrives and will want to serve one of the wealthiest and highest-demand cities in the area.
After a spring of very little retail activity, Apple has been making a much larger retail push in the summer. Its culmination was just on Saturday as five stores opened around the world, including new Australian and Italian stores, its first Alaskan store, and even one in RIM's home territory.