The opening of Apple’s first retail store in India, originally planned to open in 2021, has once again been delayed, The Economic Times reports.
The store’s opening has been delayed due to the global health crisis and economic uncertainty. The report says Apple has decided to delay the launch until early 2023, aiming for a launch between the January and March timeframe. The store in Mumbai is set to be 22,000 square feet and will be a “landmark” store known for its iconic design.
Apple also has a second, smaller store in the works for New Delhi that will measure in at 10,000-12,000 square feet. Apple is also exploring other possibilities, with possible future locations being 8,000-12,000 square feet and being placed in malls and high-end shopping districts across the country.
Apple opened its online store in India back in 2020. The online presence allows Indian customers to purchased Apple products directly from the Cupertino firm, avoiding the need to deal with a local authorized premium reseller.