According to the Edinburgh Evening News, the building containing the retail space was built in 1769 as the Crown Hotel. Throughout the past 40 years, the location has been occupied by a number of tenants including Woolworth's, Burger King, Waterstones, and Evans. The new store will also follow Apple's recent trend of constructing retail stores in historical buildings, most recently done with its MacArthur Chambers Store in Brisbane, Australia.
The Princes Street location will be Apple's 38th in the United Kingdom, and will join the company's Braehead and Buchanan Street stores in Glasgow. Like with other store openings, it is likely that Apple will give out free shirts to the first 1,000 customers to visit the new location.