Future Expansion = New International Stores

December 6, 2007

Confirmation of six new stores and official statements indicate that expansion for Apple stores in the coming year will be focused on international locations, including Brazil and Mexico. During the Thursday’s press event for the 14th Street (NYC) store, Sr. V-P Retail Ron Johnson told an Engadget.com reporter that there will be a larger number of international stores among the 40 or so that will opening in fiscal 2008. His remark comes on the heels of a reported interview with mall developer Carlos Jereissati Filho, who is quoted as saying that two Apple-built stores will open in Sao Paulo (Brazil), with the first opening this month at the Shopping Iguatemi mall. The second store will open in 2008 in the Shopping Marketplace mall, he is to have said. Next, tipsters report that Apple is now negotiating with Reichmann International for space in the Torre Mayor office complex in Mexico City. It’s the tallest building in the city and include 33,300 square-feet of ground floor retail space, where Apple may eventually locate. Lastly, there are three new stores planned for the UK, at the huge Westfield London mall opening in late 2008 northwest of that city, in the Covent Garden district of London, and another in an unverified northern city. [Update - Other sources say the Sao Paulo stores will actually be branches of the FastShop electronics chain, and not official Apple stores.]

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D Gardner December 7, 2007 at 0242

Great! Two more Apple Stores for London, I live in Bristol and it’s 1.5 hour drive to either Exeter, Southampton or London. Both Bristol and Cardiff are building major new shopping areas in the centre of the city, surely this would be a great opertunity. Oh, and yet another Northern store too! Please Apple, the West is very under represented!

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AK December 7, 2007 at 1447

Enough of Europe – need stores in China, India, Middle East, Latin America.

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manelze December 7, 2007 at 1509

Will Lisbon be one of those 40 oficial stores? Please? Pretty please? We really need one, Apple IMC Portugal sucks!

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Wiimac December 7, 2007 at 1631

Hope soon Apple open a store to Greece

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KenjiFinster December 8, 2007 at 1230

And as usual, Latin America means “Mexico and Brazil Only” for Apple.
Meanwhile, all the other countries have to deal with the ROLA rules: No CTO products, support lines that actually suck (Even the Indian Dell lines are better), long delays to fix a computer (2 months for a replacement PowerBook screen, on AppleCare) and abusive prices (US$780 w/o taxes for an entry-level Mac mini, anyone?)

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Virgil December 8, 2007 at 1303

I completely agree, D Gardner.

They really need to spread them around a bit more. It’s annoying ridiculous the amount they have in London, and then to think of opening another 2!

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Neil Fiertel December 10, 2007 at 1512

Canada is one of the rich nations except when it comes to Apple Stores. They are in the East, thousands of miles from where I live which is near Edmonton,Alberta. Edmonton is the richest city in the country but Apple somehow does not see the need for such a store and we are very poorly served by the slag stores that we do have. Unless one has educational access, the alternatives are not full service stores such as Apple would provide. Writing to Apple.ca does not even result in a acknowledgement. It is shameful and if I were still a stockholder as I once was, I would be kicking butt over the poor coverage of this huge country. It is hard to suggest to people to buy Apple when there is never a ready source of software, hardware, accessories and so forth in one place. It looks amateur in contrast. I mean, sure, Staples has a laptop and the drugstore sells the iMac but where is the Mac Pro? One store has it..no competition and no real tech competence. This is a city of one million..not some little burg. I note that small towns in the US have Apple Stores so I can only conclude it is ignorance of the rest of the market in Canada and North America,

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Galley December 10, 2007 at 1605

They need to push up the plans for the Greenville, SC store. We’re losing our best place to buy Apple gear (CompUSA) next month.

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Eric Lewis December 10, 2007 at 2115

CANADA? apple….ur service and stores suck here? did you forget canada? god

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Ioannis December 10, 2007 at 2331

I hope one of them to be in Greece

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Jose December 11, 2007 at 2003

Why not in Taiwan? [IFO -- Good question. Taiwan and Hong Kong seem to be very logical locations for Apple to put a store, yet I haven't heard any solid plans for store.]

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Jesus Shuttlesworth December 12, 2007 at 1335

Come on Winnipeg!!

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Clinton December 12, 2007 at 1336

Agreed. Canada is severely underrepresented. Calgary, Edmonton are sore spots to be sure, but to have an Apple Store in Toronto and Montreal and not Vancouver? Thats just bleeding sales.

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Alex December 12, 2007 at 1400

I wish they would build one in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, I hope that’s the ‘unverified Northern city’

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fubar December 12, 2007 at 1401

The third City in the UK is Cambridge (hardly northern).

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Matthew December 12, 2007 at 1405

Bizarrely, I read this thinking “oh, I wonder if they’ll build one in Bristol”, only to find it’s still London and somewhere random and north – but then the first post asks for one for Bristol too!

Bristol is the perfect city, vibrant, with a great history of creativity and a hub of the south-west UK media – maybe someone at Apple will read this and pay some attention!

Geez, we get a Harvey nicks, but no Apple store :-(

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Ben December 12, 2007 at 1524

By mid 2008, we should finally have one in downtown Montreal.

I agree with those in the west provinces. You should already have, at least 2 or 3, stores over there.

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Guzzibill December 12, 2007 at 1527

C’mon Apple. Calgary ROCKS in Canada, but lacks an Apple store. Are you waiting until the canadian Iphone arrives? I hope not! (sigh)

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Nicky December 12, 2007 at 1933

Thats excellent what about Singapore..we don’t even have an itunes store and apple sells like mad here

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edocronian December 12, 2007 at 1934

Cardiff’s St Davids 2 project is schedulesd to finish in 2009 and since thats the most logical place to put a brand new regional flagship store, I’m not surprised that Cardiff isnt mentioned this time round.

There is, however, a premium reseller in Cardiff (AT Computers), who will undoubtedly be crushed if/when Apple open up in town.

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dude December 14, 2007 at 2359

“Forget Europe”? There’s only one store on continental Europe! If there 3 or 5 in each European country, then we can actually say that! I’m waiting for a store in Germany!

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dubhousing December 15, 2007 at 0056

Apple

There’s a whole CONTINENT without an Apple Store.

Australia

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Fabio Sottile January 7, 2008 at 0944

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itunes brian (Toronto) January 9, 2008 at 1932

Apple is foolish to forget Western Canada. Alberta is swimming in money, and buying power. Calgary and Edmonton NEED Apple stores. Vancouver needs one too.

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Tess March 23, 2008 at 1427

WHEN is the Naples, Italy store going to open and when is a store in Athens or Chania (Greece) going to open? There are many many US civilians living in these areas and WE NEED APPLE STORES

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Ian May 24, 2008 at 0628

AAA!!! I wish for one of those stores to be located (at least one of them) in Puerto Rico! considering Puerto Rico is part of the United States of America, we should at least be able to order online! We are not even able to do that! I wish to see Puerto Rico gain some culture (:P). Apple Laptops and Desktops are freaking awsome and have no compability issues! So it’s great for college! Please!!! I just wish one of those stores was in PR!

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IM September 30, 2009 at 1013

Need Apple Store in the Dominican Republic

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RG June 18, 2010 at 0904

Need Apple Store in the Dominican Republic ASAP!

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