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Apple reportedly to open first Taiwan store in Taipei 101 mall

2017/04/11 19:30:21

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Taipei, April 11 (CNA) Apple Inc. will set up its first retail store in Taiwan in the Taipei 101 mall, an industry insider said Tuesday but did not give any information on the opening date.

The Apple Store will be spread over 1,322 square meters on the ground floor and the first basement level of the mall in Taiwan's tallest skyscraper, the source said.

Meanwhile, in view of the expected opening of the country's first Apple Store in the Taipei 101mall, Apple premium reseller Studio A will close its shop there on April 17, Studio A president Cheng Ying-lung (程應龍) said.

Cheng said the Studio A store in Taipei 101 has seen a year-on-year decline in business over the past three months, due mainly to a drop in tourist arrivals from China.

Studio A will work on expanding its membership base and improving its maintenance and repair services in an effort to handle the expected competition from the Apple Store, Cheng said.

Last July, Apple posted its first job listings for Taiwan, which were followed by a confirmation of its plans to set up a store in the country.

However, Apple did not say when the shop would be opened or where in Taiwan it would be located.

(By Hang Ting-ting and Evelyn Kao)