Russia To Get First Ever Apple Store In 2013 [Report]

Russia To Get First Ever Apple Store In 2013 [Report]

In Russia, the only place to buy Apple products are third-party knock-off Apple Stores like this one.

It’s hard to believe, given how many Apple Stores are constantly opening their doors, but Apple’s only got official retail presence in 13 countries. That’s nothing: a mere 6% of the world. Chances are, then, that unless you live in America or Western Europe, you don’t have easy access to an Apple Store.

Luckily, that’s a problem Apple’s looking to change, one country at a time. Next country on the list set to be transformed by the Apple retail experience? Good old Mother Russia.

According to a report in Russia’s Kommersant, Apple’s reps have been scouting Moscow for locations for their first Russian Apple Store.

But that’s not all: Cupertino’s also apparently created a new entity, Apple Rus, specifically meant to distribute iPhones, iPads, Macs and more in Russia. For the last fifteen-plus years, Apple has instead been using third-party distribution parties, but now they are looking to take it over themselves.

This is hardly official, but Russia seems like a good fit as the next expansion of Apple’s retail umbrella. If everything pans out, we could see an Apple Store in Moscow or St. Petersburg as early as next year.

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  • mr_bee

    Where are they going to get the staff from?

    Except for Pussy Riot, there isn’t a single non-corrupt, non-mysoginist person in all of Russia last I heard.

  • User_7

    Can we please stop referring to the Russian Federation as “Mother Russia.” If you were not born there, don’t call it that! And as a Russian myself I am offended by mr_bee’s comment. Contrary to your belief, not everyone in Russia is corrupt, just like not every Christian priest in the US is a pedophile.

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