If you’re looking at Apple’s recruitment page for China, you’ll note that Apple’s recruiting for people to become part of their Apple Stores in Guangzhou (Canton), Nanjing, and Zhengzhou. Other cities also include Tianjin, Wuxi, and Chongqing.
The Xinhua News Agency also reports that Apple’s trademark “grey” storefront in Zhengzhou is nearing completion after two months of renovation. However, low-key Apple has ditched any icons or indications stating clearly this will be their future store.
The cities of Guangzhou and Nanjing are long overdue for their own Apple Stores, in spite of them being located just an hour away (by HSR) from an existing such store (in Hong Kong and Shanghai, respectively). But Zhengzhou will make for an interesting new addition. Being the capital of central China’s province of He’nan, its city image is in a bit of a need for a makeover, with more people associating the city and the province with con artists and poverty than anything else. The city’s new East CBD, however, is doing incredibly well. An Apple Store in Zhengzhou might not make immediate sense, but it’s a daring investment for the future.
The city of Wuxi also would be an ideal place to open up an Apple Store, as it’s a high-tech hub well known in eastern China. If the Wuxi store opens up along with Nanjing’s, then this will make Eastern China the “iRegion” of China, being home to three cities with Apple Stores.
The cities of Tianjin and Chongqing, meanwhile, are just about an hour away from a nearby metropolis with existing Apple Stores — in this case, Beijing and Chengdu. However, these cities have developed a lot in recent years and especially for the sprawling metropolis of Chongqing, an Apple Store isn’t such a bad idea after all.