On the heels of a report detailing Monday‘s riot which broke out at one of Foxconn’s manufacturing plants, Reuters reports that Apple may now be planning to open two retail stores in the Chengdu and Shenzhen provinces of China.
Continuing their push in what is arguably the firm’s fasting-growing market, the report cites “government officials” as the source of Apple’s reported retail plans in the regions:
Opening stores in Shenzhen and Chengdu will be a big boost for Apple’s China business, which currently has only five stores on the mainland, three in Shanghai and two in Beijing.
Apple submitted documents on Monday to the Shenzhen government to open a store in Holiday Plaza, an upscale mall in the Nanshan district, according to an official with the Market Supervision Administration who would only give his last name as Ni.
As noted by iDownloadBlog, these retail moves would appear to be all-but confirmed, too, with Apple.com now listing jobs for potential future employees in both Chengdu and Shenzhen.
A full list of jobs for Apple in China, can be found here.