Big Finish For September, 6 Grand Openings

September 20, 2011

Apple will finish off the month of September—and its fourth fiscal quarter—with a big grand opening push, opening six stores on four continents in two days. Last July Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer pledged that 30 new stores would open by September 30th, and with this week’s grand openings, the number of new stores will total 27. Besides the IFC Mall (Hong Kong) and Nanjing East (Shanghai) store openings reported here earlier, the company will hold grand openings at Westfield Hornsby (Australia), Centro Sicilia (Italy), New Haven (Conn.) and Metrotown (Canada). The Hornsby location will be that country’s 13th, while Centro Silcilia will be Europe’s southern-most location. The New Haven store is uniquely located next to the remodeled Yale University bookstore, and the Metrotown store will add coverage to the very busy eastern region of Vancouver. Up to five other additional stores could open before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. Those new stores might include locations in Canada, France, Spain and the Netherlands. Update: And one more! The Parly 2 (France) retail store will also open on Saturday, in the western suburb of Le Chesnay near the Palace of Versailles. The store will be the fifth store to serve customers in the Paris region.

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