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Japan Is Getting a New Apple Store

Apple_store_ginzaApple currently operates seven retail stores in Japan. Soon it will open an eighth.

People familiar with Apple’s retail plans tell AllThingsD that the company does indeed intend to open a new store in Tokyo’s Omotesando shopping district early next year, as first reported by Bloomberg.

Construction on the 20,000-square-foot store — Apple’s first new store in Tokyo since 2005 — is expected to begin in earnest shortly and wrap up in February. Currently, the store’s doors-open date is set for March, though sources said that could change.

For Apple, which has found great success in the Japanese market, opening a new store in Omotesando, a showcase for flagship stores from all manner of luxury brands, is a no-brainer. As CFO Peter Oppenheimer noted on the company’s last earnings call, iPhone sales in Japan during the third quarter grew 66 percent year over year, making the device the top-selling smartphone in the country, according to IDC.

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