A world-class Apple Store is coming to India as Apple and Croma have joined hands to open Official Apple Store.
According to industry insiders, Apple has plans to open stores with its signature wooden tables and counters before Diwali. Croma is a consumer electronics chain owned by Tata.
This is a pilot project by Apple, and it will install store at six different locations. Speaking to the media persons, Avijit Mitra, CEO, Infiniti Retail, said, “We are proud to partner with Apple to launch the Apple Store in India and extremely bullish about its launch.”
Mumbai will boast most number of stores at Malad, Juhu, Oberoi Mall, Phoenix Mall and Ghatkopar, while Bengaluru will have one store at Croma in Jayanagar.
To make this pilot project successful, Apple plans to keep store design, furniture, fixtures and lighting in line with its Apple Stores working globally; moreover, sales staff will be trained by the company.
Currently, Apple is selling its products through re-sellers who own exclusive brand stores and consumer electronic retail chains.
Divulging the sales figures, experts said that between October 2014 and September 2015, Apple has sold out 1.7 million iPhones in India; during the same period of previous financial year, the brand had sold 1.1 million iPhones.
It is also noted that a couple of weeks ago, news was buzzing that iPhone manufacturer Foxconn plans Apple plant in India. If this project of Foxconn materializes in near future, Indians will enjoy lower cost iPhones as this will bypass the heavy import duty levied on iPhones.
Official Apple Stores in India
Malad: Palm Spring Center, Ground Floor, Link Road, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400064
Juhu: Ground Floor, Vasundhara CHS, Opp Utpal Shanghvi School, JVPD, Vile Parle West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Oberoi Mall: F-25, First Floor, Off Western Express Highway, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063
Phoenix Mall: UG- 41 & 42, Phoenix Market City, L.B.S.Marg, Kurla West, Phoenix Marketcity, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400070
Ghatkopar: Unit No. G10, Ground Floor, R City Mall, L.B.S Marg, Ghatkopar(W), Mumbai, Maharashtra 400086
Bengaluru: 100 Feet Ashoka Pillar Road, 2nd Block, Jayanagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560011