Apple has confirmed plans to open a retail store at Lakeside in Thurrock, Essex.

A note on the company's retail website explains: "We’re currently recruiting for seven upcoming stores in the UK, located in Brighton, Exeter, Glasgow, Milton Keynes, Reading, Solihull and Thurrock."

The company's existing UK retail chain includes shops in: Bullring Centre Birmingham, Bluewater Kent, Bentall Centre Kingston, Brent Cross London, and Regent Street London, Manchester's Arndale and Trafford Centres, Meadowhall Sheffield, and West Quay Southampton.

Rumours claim Apple is also planning to open for business with locations in Edinburgh and Liverpool.