updated 05:55 pm EDT, Fri June 24, 2011
First of two locations set for the sprawling city
Apple is reportedly set to open its first retail location in Hong Kong as early as this fall, unnamed sources have told M.I.C.. The company is said to be aiming its grand opening for early September, on the heels of an August debut for a separate location in Shanghai. The Hong Kong establishment reportedly fills a 15,000-square-foot space in the International Finance Center mall on Hong Kong Island.
Earlier reports pointed to a smaller presence at the IFC mall, positioned in a spot with 8,100 square feet of retail space. The two-story store will feature a glass facade, following in line with the iconic designs of Apple's other locations. Visitors will be able to look across the street to see the city's primary train station.
Apple is said to be anticipating more than 40,000 visitors each day, requiring a staff of more than 300 workers. Despite investing over $20 million in the project, the company is reportedly facing problems filling the employee positions.
The second Hong Kong store is said to be located in the Hysan Place, a large office tower that has yet to be completed. The 20,000-square-foot location is expected to be opened as early as the first quarter of 2012.