As scheduled, Apple has officially opened its new West Lake store in Hangzhou, China.
As noted by 9to5Mac, the grand opening has been met with much fanfare, given that the new retail location is now Apple’s largest store not only in China but in the whole of Asia.
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So high was the excitement for the grand opening that some fans even waited overnight outside the store. And the excitement peaked, of course, once the stores officially opened its doors, with customers and staffers alike joining the celebration.
Apple CEO Tim Cook himself shared a photo from the opening in a tweet alluding to the company’s current “Start Something New” ad campaign:
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 24, 2015
In China, which is its most significant market, Apple now operates the new West Lake store in Hangzhou along with four other stores in Shanghai, four more in Beijing, and one store each in Chengdu, Wuxi, Shenzhen, Zhengzhou, and Chongqing.
Cook said in October last year that 25 additional stores would be launched within the next two years in the country.
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