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Apple grabs Edinburgh store, changes holiday retail layouts

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Wed November 3, 2010

Edinburgh location may not arrive until late 2011

Apple has finalized plans to build a store in Edinburgh, Scotland, according to local newspaper the Edinburgh Journal. Talks were first reported as being underway early last month. While the future outlet will definitely be located along Princes Street, Edinburgh's main shopping road, an exact address has not been revealed. Speculation has focused on construction currently taking place at 122 and 123 Princes; 121 is being demolished entirely.

The city's planning department is said to have approved a retail and hotel project, but withheld architectural drawings. 122 Princes is believed to be the most likely choice for an Apple Store, as combined ground and basement floors could give Apple up to 13,000 square feet to work with. If so, however, construction efforts are so early that the company might not be able to move in until late 2011.

Apple is meanwhile said to be rearranging the layout of its stores for the holidays, moving iPod stocks out of inventory rooms and into the open. This should have the twofold benefit of suggesting iPods as gifts while speeding up sales. The company is allegedly ditching its holiday "Express Zones," however, where dedicated teams sell iPods and MacBooks while handing out reserved products.

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