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Apple to open retail outlet in South Korea, starts hiring already

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Apple Inc has announced plans to open a retail outlet in South Korea, its first in the country that homes its archrival, Samsung Electronics.

“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 said in a media briefing on Friday.

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 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 said.

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

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 the end of November 2017.

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