Apple mentioned on Thursday that it will reopen its retail retailer in Seoul, South Korea, this week as a part of a broader push to renew bodily retail operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bloomberg. There aren’t any concrete plans but to reopen shops elsewhere, though Apple has mentioned previously that it might begin reopening stores in the US someday in Could.
Apple initially closed its retail shops in mainland China earlier this yr, after which in March, it closed all 458 different places all over the world, with a deadline of March 27th that has since been prolonged indefinitely because the unfold of the virus has worsened. The closures have affected Apple’s capability to conduct in-store returns repairs, supply Genius Bar help, and promote stock containing each its personal merchandise and people of third-party companions.
“South Korea has proven nice progress in the course of the unfold of COVID-19,” Apple mentioned in a press release given to Bloomberg. South Korea, which has a inhabitants of greater than 51 million, has simply over 10,500 confirmed instances and solely 229 deaths. The nation’s success at containing the virus is why Apple now feels comfy reopening its sole retailer within the South Korean capital. Final month, Apple additionally reopened all 42 retail shops it operates in mainland China.
In response to Bloomberg, Apple will hold the shop on diminished hours “to make sure prospects and staff proceed to remain wholesome,” and the main focus will likely be on providing product help as an alternative of constructing gross sales, with Apple urging prospects to make use of on-line ordering and in-store decide up for these excited about shopping for merchandise.