Apple Inc. is seeking managers for stores in six new cities in China as the company works to fulfill Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s pledge to double outlets in the most populous nation.
The company is hiring for outlets in Tianjin, Chongqing, Wuxi, Zhengzhou, Shenyang, and Hangzhou, according to a recruitment advertisement on Apple’s website. None of the cities currently has an Apple-owned store.
Apple gets about a fifth of its sales from the China region, which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan, with revenue rising 13 percent to $9.3 billion in the three months ended March 29. Cook said in April 2013 the Cupertino, California-based company would double the number of retail stores it operates in the region within two years.
Apple, which opened its first China store in Beijing’s Sanlitun district in 2008, had 11 outlets when Cook announced the target to double locations. The company currently has 13 shops, including 10 on the Chinese mainland in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Chengdu, and three in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, according to Apple’s website.
The advertisement on Apple’s website didn’t indicate when the new stores will open. Carolyn Wu, a Beijing-based Apple spokeswoman, didn’t immediately respond to calls to her office phone or an e-mailed request for comment.