Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is set to open their first retail store in Turkey on April 5th, a mere 15 months after the company launched iTunes in that country. The store will be located in Istanbul.

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Rumors of Turkey store have been brewing for awhile

There has been numerous reports of the Turkey store opening, all part of an effort to expand the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) brand and tap into new markets. The new store will be located in the garden of the Zorlu center.

This is not the only Apple retail store to make recent news. Last February, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) opened up their first Brazilian retail store in Rio de Janeiro. A few days ago, a new image surfaced of an  upcoming retail store in Hanover, Germany. The photo shows the building is near completion with an exposed Apple logo on the right side entrance and a flag pole right above the left door.

MacRumors added, “Furthermore, the layout of the location in question is similar to that of the Apple Store Opéra in Paris, France, which boasts similar features and has become known as as one of the company’s most visually appealing locations.  It is likely that Apple’s Hanover location will open sometime in April, which would mark one year after the company put up its traditional plain black barricades to begin progress on the store. The store will also mark Apple’s 14th location in the country, which includes stores in Düsseldorf, Berlin, and Frankfurt.”

Apple to unveil more retail stores this year

During a conference call in the last quarter of 2013, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) told everyone the company planned on building over 30 new stores in the fiscal year of 2014. About 2/3 of these stores of the stores will be outside the United States. The iPhone maker also has plans to remodel about 20 retails stores in the year.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s retail stores are a vital asset to the brand. It is necessary for the company to expand and make changes as conditions evolve and progress.