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Apple plans first retail store in South Korea, posts hiring notices

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This file photo taken on January 26, 2016 shows the Apple logo at a store in the SoHo neighborhood on January 26, 2016 in New York City/ AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Andrew Burton

This file photo taken on January 26, 2016 shows the Apple logo at a store in the SoHo neighborhood on January 26, 2016 in New York City/ AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Andrew Burton

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said it was planning to open a retail store in South Korea, its first in the country that is home to its smartphone archrival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS).

The iPhone maker listed hiring notices for 15 positions dated Thursday on its website, including a store leader and business manager.

The listings did not specify the exact location or when those who are hired will begin working.

“We’re excited about opening our first Apple Store in Korea, one of the world’s economic centres and a leader in telecommunication and technology, with a vibrant K-culture,” Apple told media in a statement on Friday.

“We’re now hiring the team that will offer our customers in Seoul the service, education and entertainment that is loved by Apple customers around the world.”

Apple declined to comment on where in Seoul its retail store would be or when it would open.

But South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said in a report on Friday that construction was underway for the store at a location in a southern district of Seoul and that the work will likely be completed by end of November.


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