Economy Convener welcomes city's new Apple Store

Cllr Frank Ross, Economy Convener, today welcomed the announcement that the Apple Store on Princes Street is set to open next weekend.

This is great news and a fantastic new offering to shoppers in Edinburgh.  It is also further proof that Edinburgh is regarded as one of the leading destinations for major international retail brands following in the footsteps of Harvey Nichols, Hollister and Primark. Attracting big name retailers to the city centre is a key strand of our economy strategy 'A Strategy for Jobs' and the Apple store is a perfect example of this.

The opening of the Apple store is another example of the regeneration that this area of Princes Street is undergoing. Developments in St Andrew Square, the arrival of the trams, refurbishment of Waverley Station, the ambitious plans for the St James Quarter and Registers Lane all combine to what is, and promised to be, a fantastic transformation.

We have a vibrant city centre and earlier this month new figures revealed that 39 more stores opened in Edinburgh in the first six months of this year compared with the same period in 2013. This bucked the trend across the UK and shows that business is attracted to invest here as the city is seen as a world class brand and tourist destination. This is critical to ensure the Capital remains the most prosperous city UK city outside of London and why Edinburgh is ranked as the best large European City for foreign direct investment by fDi’s European Cities and Regions of the Future awards. 

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