Apple quietly renamed its Apple Buchanan Street store in Scotland on Friday as it quietly renamed its Apple Buchanan Street store in Scotland as citizens around the world called for racial justice and equality,media reported. The name change was officially announced on Apple’s retail website, which has now been renamed Apple Glasgow.
Media 9to5Mac pointed out that Apple sometimes renames brick-and-mortar stores after relocation or when the mall changes its name. In this case, however, Glasgow’s location is a separate storefront on Buchanan Street.
While Apple did not comment on the matter, it is believed that the ongoing protests prompted Apple Buchanan Street to be renamed the less descriptive Apple Glasgow.
Demonstrators in Britain have taken to the streets to call for racial equality in the afteralln of the killing of George Floyd in the UNITED States. As in many parts of Europe, Glasgow has not been affected by previous mistakes by slave owners, businessmen and others, whose behaviour is highly racist.
Buchanan Street, named after Andrew Buchanan, a prominent American-owned and tobacco plantation businessman, was built on land owned by his family after his death and is now a popular shopping spot. By changing the store’s name, Apple appears to be standing with protesters in the area who are trying to change the names of various streets associated with slave owners or extremist figures.
The move comes a day after Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a $100 million racial equality and justice initiative, led by Lisa Jackson, the company’s vice president of environmental, policy and social initiatives. In a video posted to Twitter about the turmoil seen across the country and around the world following Floyd’s death by police last month, Cook said Apple would be a force for racial equality and justice.
Apple’s Glasgow Apple Store remains closed due to the new crown virus pandemic. The store is likely to reopen soon, as Apple plans to open 32 Apple Stores in the UK on June 15.