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Old Jul 10, 2014, 05:51 AM   #1
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Apple Opening Retail Store in Edinburgh, Scotland Soon




Apple this morning unveiled an artistic multi-colored barrier around its forthcoming location in Edinburgh, Scotland, signaling that it will soon open its first store in the country's capital city, reports the Edinburgh Evening News (via ifoAppleStore).

The store will be located on the historic Princes Street, with inside sources saying that the location's opening is "imminent." Based on the similar patterns of the Madrid Apple Store before its opening, ifoAppleStore's Gary Allen believes that the location could open on August 2nd.

The Princes Street store will also join Apple's other locations in Scotland, which include the existing Braehead store and the company's Buchanan Street location in Glasgow. The new location will also be Apple's 38th in the United Kingdom since the company first opened a shop on London's Regent Street in 2004.

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Old Jul 10, 2014, 05:53 AM   #2
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 05:57 AM   #3
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Edinburgh lagging behind Glasgow yet again
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 06:21 AM   #4
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I'm suprised it's taken this long but I feel like they were waiting for the right spot, Princes Street is the obvious place for it.

Shame I'm going to be working that day... Can't get down for a tshirt...
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 06:27 AM   #5
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Long overdue. Right next to the train station as well so easy to get to.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 06:54 AM   #6
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Finally! An Edinburgh store has been a long time coming!

Now I will never have to visit Glasgow ever again ;-)
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 06:54 AM   #7
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Their 38th store in the UK?

Open one in the Republic of Ireland!

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Old Jul 10, 2014, 07:39 AM   #8
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 08:25 AM   #9
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I seriously can't believe how long it's taken for Apple to announce a store in Edinburgh.

I remember being up there in 2001, as a student, around the same time as Apple announced their first US store, and the local Edinburgh resellers thought an Edinburgh store would be 'imminent'.....13 years ago

In fact, one of the biggest resellers was reluctant to move to a bigger store, simply as they feared this imminent official Apple Edinburgh store!
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 08:32 AM   #10
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Two in Glasgow and one in Aberdeen? You'd have thought Princes Street would have been their #1 go to location in Scotland.

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Open one in the Republic of Ireland!
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How odd. Is there a reason that there's not a store in Dublin?
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 08:36 AM   #11
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Think the tram project put Apple off. Took Primark a while to finally come to Edinburgh because the council were wanting a 150k tram contribution. I wonder if Apple's been hit with a similar tax.

Anyway, glad it's finally here, and it'll be open in time for the Edinburgh Festival in August. That part of Princes St has been a mess for years, even when Burger King were tenants in that building.
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Think the tram project put Apple off. Took Primark a while to finally come to Edinburgh because the council were wanting a 150k tram contribution. I wonder if Apple's been hit with a similar tax.

Anyway, glad it's finally here, and it'll be open in time for the Edinburgh Festival in August. That part of Princes St has been a mess for years, even when Burger King were tenants in that building.
Never thought of the trams putting off but that makes sense as am sure they could have been open sooner even in that spot as it been empty for sometime. Surely the council wouldn't have made that difficult with planning nonsense

Agree though now with all the tramworks finally gone and a great improvement in the look of this building Princes Street is starting to look good!
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About time but like a couple of you mentioned it was probably due to the extended tram works on Princes Street, it's been a mess for years!

I live in Northumberland (not too far away) and I've been travelling in to Edinburgh year after year and the level of work and disruption on Princes Street surprised me every time. Glad to see Edinburgh is getting back to its best!
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About time but like a couple of you mentioned it was probably due to the extended tram works on Princes Street, it's been a mess for years!

I live in Northumberland (not too far away) and I've been travelling in to Edinburgh year after year and the level of work and disruption on Princes Street surprised me every time. Glad to see Edinburgh is getting back to its best!
Hopefully better than it's (previous) best since most other cities I visit seem to be progressing better and quicker than us!
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Hopefully better than it's (previous) best since most other cities I visit seem to be progressing better and quicker than us!
I guess that is true (sadly) in respect to retail & Princes Street. Other cities definitely seem to invest in & attract more business. It's definitely going to be a 1000% better than it has been for the last 5 odd years though!

It's only that section too IMO. I love historical Edinburgh, the beauty spots, and the culture/arts. The festivals and parties are some of the best in the world! It's just the retail (& possibly dining) aspect that's lagging a bit.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 09:16 AM   #16
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Their 38 store in the UK?

Open one in the Republic of Ireland!
Absolutely agree ! With all that cash we launder for them it wouldn't hurt to leave a few behind 😉

Only one on the whole island is Belfast ! They should be taking advantage of wobbly Microsoft situation with no more Xp and dodgy 8.1

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Think the tram project put Apple off. Took Primark a while to finally come to Edinburgh because the council were wanting a 150k tram contribution. I wonder if Apple's been hit with a similar tax.

Anyway, glad it's finally here, and it'll be open in time for the Edinburgh Festival in August. That part of Princes St has been a mess for years, even when Burger King were tenants in that building.
God dam Edinburgh trams, only cost the entire gross domestic product of the western world.
But seriously, 700,000,000 for the 'short' version of the tram line.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:24 AM   #18
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Their 38 store in the UK?

Open one in the Republic of Ireland!
That's weird - you'd think they'd have one in Cork considering it has Apple offices there. (I'm assuming the one store is in Dublin?)

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Two in Glasgow and one in Aberdeen? You'd have thought Princes Street would have been their #1 go to location in Scotland.


*checks again*

How odd. Is there a reason that there's not a store in Dublin?

Hmmmm...
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 10:39 AM   #19
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Both of Scotland's other stores in Glasgow and Aberdeen make this list, hopefully Edinburgh will as well.

According to some acquaintances that work at the Aberdeen store it is one of Apples most profitable. Perhaps not surprising considering the oil wealth.
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God dam Edinburgh trams, only cost the entire gross domestic product of the western world.
But seriously, 700,000,000 for the 'short' version of the tram line.
But that includes all the engines and carriages that we would have needed had the complete line been built. They look really nice and shiny sat in the service depot.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 12:02 PM   #21
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That's weird - you'd think they'd have one in Cork considering it has Apple offices there. (I'm assuming the one store is in Dublin?)

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Hmmmm...
Nope ,the actual Apple. Store is in Belfast . There are only 1 or 2 little boutiques in Dublin eg. Small area in Arnotts shop and also Compu-B who are quite poorly stocked and very overpriced .

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That's weird - you'd think they'd have one in Cork considering it has Apple offices there. (I'm assuming the one store is in Dublin?)

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Hmmmm...
I'd make more sense to have one in Dublin, but there's not even one there.

Apparently there's a reason they don't have one and that is because it'll close or complicate the tax situation they have going on here, so they don't want to mess with it.

Then again, I've heard stories too which say that they were looking to buy a building near Trinity College but it was bought by Abercrombie instead. They're very selective of their flag ship stores, and it wouldn't shock me that Apple would wait years for the right place.

Once their flag ship store opens in a country they're usually less picky on location, so that could open the doors for stores in Cork and Galway, which would do very well.
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But does the tram go by the Edinburgh store?

Still waiting for an Apple Store in Dundee....
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Good to have a visible confirmation that the store is nearly here.

I peered through the crack in the door of the hoarding a few nights ago and could see that they have placed wall graphics already and that the main door is black.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 03:15 PM   #25
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I seriously can't believe how long it's taken for Apple to announce a store in Edinburgh.
Well we had Cancom in the South Bridge area until a few years ago which sufficed as an Authorised Reseller and Repair Centre. By the time they closed down, yes the tram works were at full steam so it was probably prudent to wait.
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