If reports are to be believed, Apple will soon be opening a new retail store in the Omotesando shopping district, their first new store in Tokyo since August 2005. The source says the construction will be completed by February 2014 and may open as early as March. There has been no confirmation from Apple’s Tokyo-based spokesman, Takashi Takebayashi but the company’s website is advertising jobs for a new store in the city.
The Japanese market is a lucrative one for the Cupertino, California-based company, and because of recent developments in the country’s economy, there is even more room to grow, especially in tablet sales. Another target for the company would be to have NTT Docomo, Japan’s largest mobile carrier, to finally carry the iPhone. But Chief Financial Officer Kazuto Tsubouchi said they would only do so if they can limit the handset sales to less than 30% of Docomo’s total. The carrier has an online store that is a direct competitor of Apple’s iTunes store, as it also offers music, videos and games.
Apple is also expected to unveil new products during a launch event on September 10 and they are claiming they have other “game changers” on the drawing board. They would need to up their ante as Samsung and cheap China-made devices are invading the market. The supposedly new retail store in Tokyo is being designed by Jun Mitsui & Associates Inc Architects, who also handled De Beers Ginza Building and the New Haneda Airport International Terminal.
[ via Marketwatch ]