Apple to model flagship retail store in India on its Fifth Avenue New York shop

Apple plans to build its flagship Apple Store in India along the lines of the famous one on Fifth Avenue in New York (pictured), reports The Times of India. Leading real estate brokerage companies are already scouting for 15,000-20,000 square feet of prime retail locations in Mumbai, the National Capital Region, Bengaluru and Pune for Apple's first phase of company-owned stores, the article adds.

The company wants to set up most of the Apple Stores of over 2,000-3,000 square feet in India, including space for technical support and holding small workshops, according to The Times of India. In January, Apple India filed an application to open Apple branded retail stores in India with the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).

Getting a foothold in India has been a challenge for Apple. The company has opened its retail stores in a number of countries around the world, but not in India. The country has restrictive real estate investment laws for foreign companies.