This isn't the first time Apple has decorated a store that's under construction. In Boston the barricades resembled Fenway Park's Green Monster, and in Paris barricades depicted a luxurious theatrical curtain. That's nice, as typically those things are an eyesore.
Meanwhile, plans are progressing in Edinburgh, Scotland, where Apple is reportedly in discussions with the city's planning officials to finalize plans for a new store's design, construction, etc. In fact, Herald Scotland suggests that it could all be finalized within a few weeks. Apple already has two stores up and running in Scotland.