Apple fans living in Singapore, rejoice: Apple will be opening their first retail store in Singapore, and it will run exclusively on solar energy, as part of the company’s efforts to go green, as Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s Senior Vice President for Retail and Online Stores recently confirmed.
This will make Apple the first company in Singapore to be powered exclusively by renewable energy, and a significant step towards their vision of 100 per cent environmental-friendly operations. The upcoming new Apple store also marks the company’s first retail store in Southeast Asia.
In a statement to TechCrunch, Ahrendts said, “We have more than 900 incredible employees working in our Singapore contact center and are thrilled to begin hiring the team that will open our first Apple Store in Singapore — an incredible international city and shopping destination.”
There is still no word on where the store will be located or when it will be launched, but according to a statement from current tenants at Knightsbridge, the city-state’s much-sought-after Orchard Road shopping hotspot, they are vacating the premises to make way for the new Apple store in late 2016. Apple has yet to confirm this news.
The solar energy systems are sourced from Sunseap Group, who is responsible for solar energy systems built atop more than 800 buildings in Singapore. The rooftop solar panels will be placed on both public buildings nearby and Apple’s own facilities, and generates enough energy to power 9,000 homes.
Apple storefronts can be found in a total 17 countries, with the latest opening in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In Southeast Asia, Apple currently distributes their products to a mix of licensed third-party retailers, carriers, and its online store for sales.
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