Apple will open its ninth UK own-brand retail store in the UK in Kingston upon Thames this weekend.

Situated at the Bentall Centre in Kingston, the store will open on Saturday 17 February at 9am. The company will give away 1,000 exclusive Apple T-shirts and offer visitors the chance to win free equipment to celebrate the launch.

Customers visiting the store will be able to enter a draw to win a Digital Lifestyle Collection worth £1,700, including a black MacBook and a 4GB silver iPod nano.

The prize also includes: one year's ProCare membership; an iPod HiFi; iWork; one year's membership of .Mac; AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook. Ten one-year ProCare memberships will also be distributed to runners-up.

The store has also published its initial list of upcoming seminars and events, featuring workshops exploring iLife applications, .Mac and iPod and iTunes.

Image illustrated here is of the London store.