Chinese Authorities to Close Some Fake Apple Stores

Part of a probe into more than 300 electronics vendors
Posted July 27, 2011

Chinese authorities ordered to close unauthorized Apple Inc. (Cupertino, Calif.) stores in Kunming, China, for operating without business licenses, reports a newspaper run by the Southwestern city’s government.

Investigators also looked into three other stores that used the Apple logo without the company’s permission, although they were found to have operating permits. The findings were part of a probe into more than 300 electronics vendors in the city, according to the report.

The examination came after bloggers began posting photos of bogus Apple stores, which included glass staircases and employees wearing Apple-like sales uniforms.