Despite Apple’s best efforts, the company might not be able to open its first store in India before 2020. The company is already looking for locations in India’s metro cities to open its first store in the country that would be designed similar to its flagship store on Fifth Avenue, New York.
As per the company’s executives, Apple is looking to set up two stores in India initially, with one of them located in Delhi and another one in Mumbai. The company is looking for 10,000 to 15,000 sq. ft of prime space in a mall or high street. This, however, is turning out to be a problem since such a huge amount of space is not readily available.
If Apple does end up finding the desired space, its Indian store would be significantly bigger than the 8500 sq. ft average size of its international stores. It would also be bigger than stores from Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, and other OEMs in India.
“Apple wants to initially set up two stores, one in New Delhi and second one in Mumbai,” said one of the executives. “They want the stores to be truly iconic right from the design to the location. However, getting desired space will take time since 10,000-15,000 square feet of prime location is not readily available.”
Apple only wants to open a limited number of stores in India. An executive from the company said that the company is looking to open 4-5 flagship stores in metro cities of the country over a period of 10 years. Since Apple would end up designing its stores the same way as its international stores, these stores would end up becoming a tourist attraction in themselves when they open.
Despite starting assembling of the iPhone SE in India from last month, Apple has not yet received the necessary nod from the Indian government for its foreign direct investment plans that’d allow it to open its own stores in the country.
While Apple might not be able to open its own stores in India before 2020, the company can possibly open its own online store in the country as it does not require any prior approval from the government.
[Via Economic Times]