New Glasgow Apple Store in 2007

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by jrober, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. jrober macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2003
    Heathfield, UK
    Just caught this on the Glasgow Herald website

    Apple to launch big Mac attack

    GERRY BRAIDEN November 01 2006

    ITS products inspire the same devotion as a teenage boy band or hometown football club.

    Next year, when the first Apple Store opens in Scotland, queues of the converted determined to display their loyalty are as sure as spam fills your inbox.

    The IT giant, which revolutionised both home computing and how we listen to music with the iMac and iPod, has earmarked Glasgow city centre as the location for its first venture north of the border.

    Scheduled to open next summer, the company is spending over £1.15m converting a listed property on Buchanan Street into the formatted store that has proven a hit with Apple aficionados in the US, Canada, Japan and England.

    Described as more interactive galleries- come-museums than shops, Apple Stores have been designed to look and feel like its products, while the company also encourages a "touch, test and try" policy so visitors can "appreciate the elegance" of the merchandise.

    The planning application for the site, currently occupied by home-furnishing retailer The Pier, shows Apple's intentions to redesign the store.
    Included in the plans are a new stone floor, stainless steel walls and ceilings and a glass spiral staircase and elevator.

    For those with questions or queries, there is the "genius bar", a kind of drop-in clinic staffed by Apple technicians who will help customers who have made appointments.

    The cost of alterations to the current building is estimated at £1.168m. But, unlike many other Apple outlets, including the UK's flagship store on London's Regent Street, there are no plans for an in-house theatre to offer customers the chance to learn about new products and techniques.

    When it opens the store will be Apple's 8th in the UK. The decision to locate its only store north of the border in the heart of Glasgow is being seen as a further endorsement of Buchanan Street as one of Britain's leading retail sites.
    Last night, as news of the plans emerged, keyboards went into overdrive as the Mac User Groups became excited about the prospect of a Scots Apple Store.

    Fraser Speirs, former academic and software designer, is one devotee planning to take his duvet to Buchanan Street on the eve of the opening.
    Mr Speirs, whose Connected Flow firm specialises in Apple software, said: "Apple fans really are a devoted and loyal bunch. We love the design of the hardware and the superior software. There's no doubt the iPod has brought it to a much bigger audience but that's only a small part of the story.
    "There had been talk for some time that this might happen and those on the west coast will be delighted Glasgow has secured it and not Edinburgh.
    "I've been to many stores around the world, including Regent Street and San Francisco, and they put in a lot of effort. I for one will be queuing the night before and I promise I won't be alone."

    Lesley Sawers, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive, said it was "quite a coup" for the city to land such a popular brand.
    She added: "It also illustrates Glasgow's continually growing attraction as a city centre retail location for big name companies."
    Glasgow City Council confirmed it received a planning application in mid-October.​

    Looking forward to this now I can get my fix when I get home to see the AP's and increases the chance that they will go mac and cut down on the IT support calls I get today.

  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005

    Damn it where's the Sydney Apple Store?
  3. telecomm macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    It'll be in Glasgow. :p ;)
  4. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    So lemme get this straight... Glasgow has Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, and now an Apple Store?

    **** California, I'm moving to Scotland. ;)
  5. nesbitt_a macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2003
    Yay! Hopefully this will push Scotsys out of business. Nasty people.
  6. Lau Guest

    Booya! I'd have preferred Edinburgh, but I like a trip to Glasgow, and it's closer than Manchester or London...:D
  7. jrober thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2003
    Heathfield, UK
    I understand the local need but when considering a store in Scotland Mr jobs heard the Edinburgh staff were going to greet the customers with a "You'll have had your mac" he headed westwards. :D
  8. Lau Guest

    :D Fantastic.
  9. jive macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2006
    Awesome. I really want to go to an Apple store >_> and my sister lives in Glasgow - I live 3 hours away during term time and 1 when I'm at home...
  10. DoogieWoogie macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2005
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I too hate Scotsys

    I live only a 5 minute walk away from their Glasgow branch but I would rather buy direct online from apple.

    I was in their "refurbished" store at the weekend and they are still selling MBP CD.

    I really wanted to tell any customers that they could buy a MBP C2D online but the shop was empty.

    I hope somebody from Scotsys reads this. You suck!
  11. maverick808 macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2004
  12. HelixOmnimedia macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2006
    Traveling The World
    I heard this too but there's no official word from Apple yet... weird.

    Anybody know of how I could get a job at the new store?

    Post below or PM me please with please.

  13. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    This page always lists the vacancies at UK Apple Stores, either open or announced.

    Bookmark it and keep checking if there's nothing suitable this week. Best of luck :)
  14. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

    John Jacob

    Feb 11, 2003
    Columbia, MD
    Uh, could you translate that into English, please? :confused:
  15. rokurota macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2006
    Edinburgh, UK
    From an Englishman abroad (Edinburgh), I believe this comes from a Glasgwegian method of illustrating the difference between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    If you visit a Glaswegian at home, the first thing they will say is something like 'you'll have your tea', meaning they will supply you will some form of sustinance (deep-fried mars bar, snowball, tunnocks teacake, buckfast wine etc). If you visit someone in Edinburgh, you will be greeted with 'you'll have had your tea', suggesting that the visitor has already eaten, and will not be requiring anything from their host.

    It implies that people from Glasgow are friendly, whilst people from Edinburgh display a Lauder-esque meanness when it comes to sharing their trans-fats based victuals.
  16. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

    John Jacob

    Feb 11, 2003
    Columbia, MD
    Ok, thanks! I understand now.

    I've heard of these deep-fried Mars bars. I wonder what they taste like, while at the same time I can literally feel my arteries clog up just thinking about of them. Kind of like being fascinated and revolted at the same time.

    Deep-fried pizza, on the other hand, is just fascinating. :D
  17. Knox Administrator


    Staff Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    Interviews for jobs have already taken place - I would imagine you'd be too late for the initial batch now but I'm not entirely sure who you could contact to find out :) As far as I know it's slated for a late August/early September opening.

    (Photos are from May, but gives an idea of the space as it was set up previously)

    Attached Files:

  18. X-Morgan macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2006
    Apple Store - Glasgow, Scotland

    Fellow Glaswegians!

    Over the past 3 month's when I've been coming back from Aberdeen seeing my girlfriend, I walk down Buchanan Street and I see the new Apple Store's doors open and I can see work being done at around 9 at night. It makes me want to go in and see what's happening!

    Does anyone have any clues to when it's opening?

    The only thing I see on the Apple UK site is that they are looking for jobs.

    I'm getting quite impatient. Shed some light please?

    Scotsys is an ace place (it was where I got my MacBook Pro) but I wanna go in a real Apple Store!

  19. eluk macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2006
    East London, UK
    I posted this earlier. Obviously they are behind schedule. :)

    Buchanan St.
  20. X-Morgan macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2006
    Yeah I've read all the normal Mac sites quoting "OMGZ APPLE STORE IN SKOTLANDZ!!!111" They definitely are behind schedule. Glasgow City Council's Planning Application says it's expected to be finished in July 2007. I just want my Apple Store :(
  21. urbanski macrumors newbie


    Jul 23, 2007
    dunno if this is legit or wot, but i found this on ifoapplestore forum (posted 06/07/07)

    slam says:

    My mate starts working for the store in during the 2nd week of august, she has 2 weeks of training before they stock the store so, would think the last fri or sat in august.​ linky

  22. eluk macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2006
    East London, UK
    There should be an announcement soon. August 7? Apple do like Tuesday. :)
  23. bingefeller macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    Northern Ireland
    That's great to hear! I'm going over to Scotland in September, so hopfully it'll be open by then.
  24. redgaz26 macrumors 68020


    Mar 6, 2007
    Apple Store Glasgow opens next week!!

    Good news for us Scots, the grand opening of the new Apple Store in Glasgow is next Saturday August 25th.

    I'll be there early, anyone else on the forums going?

    I passed it today and they have the apple sign up and loads of work going on, should be brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
  25. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    without pictures, the thread is half as exciting...

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