Apple is set to open its first retail stores in India this week in Mumbai and Delhi. As part of the inauguration, Apple CEO Tim Cook will visit the country and also meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the company prepares to expand its presence in the South Asian market. Apple’s retail store in Mumbai is going up to the Jio World Mall, Bandra Kurla Complex, and will open tomorrow, April 18 Apple Saket in New Delhi will open its doors on April 20.
Tim Cook is also expected to hold talks with key ministers in India, regarding strategic issues such as expanding production and exports. Apple has witnessed great growth in the country, not only in retail, but also in manufacturing, with Apple now also producing iPhones, AirPods and other accessories.
in a statementDeirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of retail, said:
“At Apple, our customers are at the center of everything we do, and our teams are excited to celebrate this wonderful moment with them as we open our first retail store in India. Apple BKC is a reflection of Mumbai’s vibrant culture and brings together the best of Apple in a beautiful and welcoming space to connect and community.”
Apple has also been actively recruiting employees in recent months, in preparation for the opening of the stores. The iPhone maker launched its online store in India in 2020 and initially planned to open its first retail location in 2021, which was unfortunately delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cupertino company is working hard to make India a major global manufacturing hub while reducing its dependence on China amid geopolitical and supply chain tensions. The Indian government is also offering multiple incentives to Apple manufacturers to expand its presence in the country. Contract manufacturers such as Wistron and Foxonn have already increased domestic assembly of iPhones and other Apple devices in recent quarters, aiming to make 25 percent of all iPhones by 2025.