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Apple's next Chinese Apple Store to open in Chongqing on March 7

As part of plans to triple its retail presence in China by mid-2016, Apple on Sunday announced that Chongqing's MixC mall will play host to the country's next Apple Store.




According to an update posted to Apple China's website, the company is slated to hold a grand opening event at a new Apple Store location in the MixC mall in Chongqing on March 7. The outlet will be Apple's third in the city.

The MixC location debut comes a little over one month after Apple's most recent Chinese retail spot opened in Chongqing at the end of January. That particular Apple Store boasts an iconic cylindrical glass entryway similar to the flagship IFC outlet in Hong Kong.

When it opens this weekend, the MixC store is set to feature the usual sales floor and Genius Bar, as well as an area for customer workshops and One to One lessons. The free sessions, which are scheduled to start on March 8, cover iPhone, iPad and Mac hardware and software, but online reservations are already filling up.

Apple is looking to grow the number of Apple Stores in China to 40 over the coming months and expects to hit that goal by mid-2016. Retail chief Angela Ahrendts said in January that the company would open five new locations within China before Chinese New Year on Feb. 19, though it appears the opportunity was missed as only two stores were inaugurated in Hangzhou and Chongqing.

Like other Chinese Apple Stores, the MixC outlet will be open everyday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. The grand opening will take place at 10 a.m. on March 7.