Tokyo skyline:

Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is planning its first new store in Tokyo since 2005.

Apple plans to open a store in Tokyo’s upscale Omotesando shopping district as early as March, according to a person familiar with the plans.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by February, the person said, asking not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak for Apple.

Tokyo is noted for its high land values. Bloomberg estimating the cost of the land at around $164M with the finished store expected to be worth a staggering $256M … 

We noted back in January that Apple is relocating its Tokyo HQ to the Roppongi Hills complex.

Site of Apple's third Paris store?

Site of Apple’s third Paris store?

Le Parisien says that Apple is planning a third Paris store in a chic area on the Left Bank in a building currently home to a shopping mall.

An Apple Store will open there in Saint-Germain-des-Prés (VI)? Eight months after the rumor about a possible takeover of Virgin’s flagship on the Champs-Elysée.

Current tenants are said to have staggered leaving dates between next month and the end of March next year.


Site of Canton Road, Hong Kong, store

Twitter user Pacowong has been tweeting about a store with work underway in Hong Kong.

Finally the Canton Road store has some new developments.  The lobby of the toy house is reduced in size.

Also in China Apple Store news, it appears that Apple is staffing up for a new store in the region of Chongqing.


Village Mall, Rio, Brazil  provided this photo of what is said to be a new Apple Store in the Village Mall, Rio de Janeiro.

The Euroma2 shopping mall, Rome

The Euroma2 shopping mall, Rome

Ifostore, a self-described “Apple retail store enthusiast”, tweeted the news from Apple’s site that the company’s store in the Euroma2 shopping mall is opening at 10am on Saturday.

It also appears that the new Istanbul Store is under construction:

Another picture of the Istanbul construction:


Finally, in Switzerland, MacPrime reports that Apple has suspended plans for a new store in Berne when it was unable to reach agreement with the current tenants of the building in Bern Market Street.

Apple now serves a million customers a day across more than 400 stores.