updated 06:50 pm EDT, Mon July 18, 2011
Burlingame outlet reopening soon
Apple has negotiated leases on two possible store locations in Chengdu, China, claims SinoCast Daily Business Beat. The first is at The MIXC, a development with retail and office space opening east of the city core next year. It should ultimately incorporate some residential space, including a hotel. The other site is Raffles Square, a south-central, four-tower complex similar in utility to The MIXC, but finished last year.
Chengdu has a population of over 11 million people. In the context of Apple's chain, though, the city would be notable as the company's first pick in China located away from the coast. Apple currently has four stores: two in Shanghai, and another two in Beijing. A Hong Kong store is in progress, and Apple is hoping to have 25 shops open in the country by the end of 2012.
Back in the US, meanwhile, Apple has draped the front of its Burlingame, California store with black plastic. A message in white informs the public that the outlet will reopen July 23rd, but otherwise directs people to apple.com/retail to find an alternative. Apple's plans for the location are unknown, but given the short turnaround likely involve basic renovations rather than any major overhaul.