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Apple gets ready for Edinburgh opening

What must be the longest store opening in Scottish retail history looks to be coming to fruition. Apple has finally confirmed that its shop in Princes Street, Edinburgh is to open next week.

There has been much speculation surrounding the outlet opposite the Balmoral Hotel given that shopfitters have been working on it for months. Some neighbouring retailers wondered if it would ever open.

My understanding is that staff who have been taken on have been transported daily to the Glasgow store because of the delay in getting the Edinburgh facility ready.

The opening is now confirmed as Saturday 18 October and it is certain to be mobbed.

It will also be well timed for Christmas and comes just after the launch of the iPhone 6 smartphone with its bigger screen and which is said to have caused a fall in sales of Korean rival Samsung’s market leading Galaxy.

Apple has spent almost £1 million fitting out its Edinburgh store, though this is not an unusual sum. However, it has been part of a total refurbishment of the four-storey building. Apple will occupy the former Burger King outlet. The upper floors have been redeveloped into a hotel.

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