Brazil’s first Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) retail store will open in early December according to a report from Brazilian technology magazine Info Exame via MacRumors. The magazine reports that the Apple Store will be located in an upscale shopping mall on the west side of Rio de Janeiro.
Apple has been seeking employees for its Brazilian retail location for almost a year. In November 2012, Apple posted several job listings for Rio de Janeiro, including Business Manager, Store Leader, and Genius.
However, the Cupertino-based company has apparently had trouble finding enough qualified applicants. According to Info Exame, the Apple Store was originally scheduled to open in July but had to be delayed due to “difficulties in recruitment.”
At the time of this writing, Apple’s Rio de Janeiro job listings still had 13 positions open. As a result, the iPhone maker has been forced to seek workers from outside the country to fill various management positions.
Although Info Exame predicts that the store will open on December 7, it also notes that the opening may be postponed again if the vacant positions are not filled in time. According to the Brazilian magazine, “An employee Genius will earn about 5000 reais, while management positions receive salaries close to 10 thousand dollars.” At current exchange rates, 5,000 Brazilian reais is equal to about $2,119.
Apple already has a connection to South America’s largest country through the manufacturing facilities of one of its major suppliers. According to Apple’s supplier report, Hon Hai Precision Industry — also known as Foxconn — has an assembly plant in São Paulo, Brazil.
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