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Apple to open seventh Shanghai store on Dec. 10

Apple is preparing to launch its next Chinese store in Shanghai on Saturday, Dec. 10, throwing open the doors at 10 a.m. local time.




The outlet will be based out of Vanke Mall in Qibao, located in the suburbs of the city. Hours will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, unlike many of Apple's stores in Europe or North America, which normally have reduced hours on one or more days and can sometimes shut down entirely on Sundays.

The Qibao shop will be Apple's seventh in Shanghai, cementing the city's status as one of the most densely-covered in terms of Apple stores. The company is up to 489 locations worldwide, and is likely to hit 500 early into 2017.

Although China hasn't proven the growth market Apple anticipated —largely due to intense competition from local smartphone makers like Huawei and Oppo —the country is still a major source of revenue, second only to the Americas and likely to take the lead in the next few years.