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.