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Apple to open second UK retail store on April 29th

updated 06:45 pm EDT, Wed April 20, 2005

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Apple today said it would open its second Apple Store in the UK later this month. The grand opening of its Birmingham store will coincide with the launch of Mac OS X Tiger: the will open on April 29th at 6 pm to help celebrate the launch of its next-generation operating system. The store will be open until midnight, allowing users to get a hands-on introduction to Tiger. Apple is offering a PowerBook G4, an iPod or other prizes, including a Grand Opening Sweepstake to win a Digital Lifestyle Collection valued at 2145 (20-inch flat-panel iMac with SuperDrive, an iPod mini, a Canon lxus 40 digital camera, a Canon MV800 digital camcorder and a Canon iP6000D printer). As usual, the first 1400 people through the doors will receive a free Apple commemorative T-shirt.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Cf

    Joined: Dec 1969


    how about manchester?

    why b'ham? are they just moving from south to north with their stores? isn't manchester the 2nd largest city next to london? are there plans to add one in manchester?

  1. baggie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What about Manchester

    No, contrary to popular misconception, Manchester isn't even close to being the 2nd largest city next to London. Although, the conurbation that Manchester is at the heart of is comparable to the conurbation that Birmingham is at the heart of.

    As of 2001:

    London 7,120,000 Birmingham 970,000 Glasgow 630,000 Liverpool 470,000 Leeds 445,000 Sheffield 440,000 Edinburgh 430,000 Bristol 420,000 Manchester 395,000

    Birmingham is a major city, Manchester is basically a large provincial town.

    Both cities are at the heart of large conurbations.

    Birmingham: 2,290,000 Manchester: 2,250,000

    To conclude the geography overview, Birmingham's population has been roughly flat over the past 10 years, while Manchester's is down about 2.5%. Both regions have slowly declining populations, though Manchester's population is declining at about 3x the rate of the Birmingham city-region.

    I don't have the figures to hand, but I am fairly sure that Birmingham is at the heart of a significantly bigger shopping catchment area than Manchetser, and most importantly it is in a catchment area with a greater population of shoppers with high disposable incomes.

    In terms of shopping destinations, Experian compiles a league table of shopping destinations. Currently it stands like this:

    1 West End (London) [1] 2 Glasgow [2] 3 Birmingham [13] 4 Leeds [3] 5 Nottingham [4] 6 Manchester [5] 7 Southampton [7] 8 Cardiff [6] 9 Norwich [9] 10 Bluewater (Kent) [10]

    Previous rating in [].

    Looks like Apple did their homework ;)

    Leeds and Nottingham look like much better locations for Apple to open future UK stores focused on consumers than Manchester - though for the professional market there is a strong case for a store in Manchester.

  1. pinskia

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Bongo desirers the Apple store. It is centeral located too.

  1. kennethmac2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What about Glasgow? Too cold for an Apple Store?

  1. baggie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Fair point

    Quite right, Glasgow would be an excellent location for an Apple Store. Better than the soulless Bluewater centre which is the next location to have an Apple Store.

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