Apple Inc., the maker of the world’s popular iPads and iPhones, is preparing to open their first branch in Hong Kong this month capturing the surging demand of their products in Mainland China and its neighboring regions.
The Apple Store, located in the International Finance Center Mall in Hong Kong’s Central business and shopping district, will debut this year, according to Carolyn Wu, Apple Spokeswoman based in Beijing, but never mentioned a specific date. Two days ago, Ming Pao Daily reported without mentioning anyone that the two-story Apple store will open its gate on Sept. 4 covering 20,000 square feet.
Apple humbly saying that “scratching the surface” in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China after the sales in the region heaved six-fold last year, the IFC store might help the company to reduce the reliance on resellers to sell their products in the cities. The Hong Kong Apple store will be the 5th store that opened in the region of China, which has made about $8.8 billion in revenue over the last three years, or 11 percent of Apple’s total income.
Sandy Shen, an analyst from Gartner Inc. in Shanghai said “The iPhone is one of the leading smartphones in the Hong Kong market,” he also added, “The sales momentum for the iPhone is still very strong, and we see the growth being maintained for the next few quarters.”