Construction Plans Finalized for Edinburgh Store

November 2, 2010

Planned for several years and rumored for at least four, Apple has reportedly confirmed that it will build a retail store along historic and picturesque Princes Street in Edinburgh (Scotland), in the shadow of a castle that dates to the 12th century. The Edinburgh Journal wrote last month that Apple was in final negotiations with the city, probably over how much preservation would be required of a heritage building, and how much of Apple’s brand could be displayed at the storefront. Now the newspaper says that the discussions have been finalized, but did not say exactly where the store will be located. However, speculation has focused on current construction at 122-123 Princes Street, including the complete demolition of 121 and renovation of 123. The city’s planning department has approved plans for a retail-hotel project, but has withheld the usual architectural drawings from its Web site. City parcel maps show that 122 Princes Street is 52 feet wide and 125 feet deep, creating a possible 13,000 square-foot retail space on the ground floor and basement. That amount of space is consistent with a street-level Apple store. Based on the current state of construction, if #122 is the location, the store would open in late 2011.

These buildings on Princes Street in Edinburgh are under construction. The left space behind the faux fabric covering is #123. The empty space in the middle is #122, and Starbucks (far right) is #121. (photo by Martin)

This city parcel map shows the outline in black of the #122 Princes St.

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John Muir February 9, 2011 at 0450

Thank goodness. I was just on Princes Street the other day and noticed this promising construction site; instantly hoping the best. It’s very unusual to see a whole building taken down in the New Town. Though, frankly, most of them on that road could use it: the 20th century was especially unkind to Princes Street. The Glasgow Store is nice and all – Apple could have made something much like it on Edinburgh’s nearby George Street if they liked – but a real design icon it is not. Fingers crossed for something glass and steely.

Don’t be another false hope now!

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