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Official Apple retailers in Russia – re:Store and iPort – have begun closing stores, redirecting rare gear to high-traffic spots. br>
About this writes Kommersant.
The retail chain re:Store (part of Inventive Retail Group, IRG) began to close stores in Moscow and in the regions, iPort – in St. Petersburg. >According to the newspaper, last weekend the re:Store in the Festival shopping center on Michurinsky Avenue stopped working, a week earlier – on Kutuzovsky Avenue. According to information published by the company on the site, eight points are temporarily “closed” in Moscow, and some in the regions – St. Petersburg, Kazan, Krasnodar, Nizhny Novgorod, Chelyabinsk and other cities.
In total, the network has 87 stores. IRG did not comment on the situation.
A real estate market caller told the publication that WRI suspended stores for three months to rebuild logistics.
“The retailer negotiates a closure with the owners of the premises and ultimately only closes the points where it is not possible to agree on rental holidays or discounts,” he said. An interlocutor among the managers of the shopping center said that he was not aware of the termination of the lease contracts.
The iPort website (Portable Equipment, registered in 2005 in St. Petersburg and owned by Andriy Godunov) reports that it has “temporarily closed four stores for technical reasons”. There are a total of 28 stores in different regions.
iPort did not respond to a log request. That company declined to comment.
According to the interlocutor of the electronic distribution market, the main reason for the closure of Apple stores – a shortage of goods and a general decline in demand for smartphones. Smartphone sales in Russia in April fell, according to retailers, by 30%, and user preferences shifted towards budget Chinese models: Realme entered the top three, overtaking Apple in fourth place.
According to the interlocutor, re:Store and iPort are afraid to sell goods imported under the parallel import regime, as they hope to restore relations. from Apple
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