Apple's Glasgow retail store has been granted approval from city planners and should get the final go-ahead during a council meeting this Tuesday.
Glasgow city planners have recommended the application for approval but subject to certain conditions. The proposed site is the 19th-century building at 147 Buchanan Street.
The original application described the removal of the existing mezzanine floor and its replacement with a new one. A new lift and stone floor will be installed, and the rear wall will be in stainless steel panels, as will the ceiling.
A glass spiral staircase will be installed, to the left of the main entrance. This will connect the mezzanine to the ground floor. A Genius/iPod bar will be in place on the upper level, while the basement will be a storage area.
It seems city planners are considering Apple's request to put a sign up on the front of the building: "The applicant does propose to display new signage on the building; however a decision on these is still pending," the planning recommendation advises.
The report also states that: "All of the building's interiors were removed as part of an earlier facade retention scheme undertaken in the 1990s, although its imposing facades onto both Buchanan Street and St Vincent Street continue to make a major contribution to the character of the surrounding Conservation Area.
"This flagship development by Apple represents a major investment by the company in Scotland with only London having a similar sized store," the planners recommendation states. "The proposal would support Buchanan Street's established retail function and further enhance its reputation as a focus for high quality retail operators within Glasgow and West Central Scotland."
Glasgow seems to be enjoying a resurgence of interest in the Mac, with the recent launch of the Glasgow Mac Users Group there.
You can take a look at a PDF of the planner's recommendations here.