Exeter Ikea store "not a disaster for Plymouth"
A BUSINESS leader has said that a new Ikea store planned for Exeter is "not a disaster" for Plymouth.
The plans, revealed yesterday, will see the store open in 2015 subject to approval, with the creation of 300 jobs.
The site is earmarked just off the M5 at junction 30, close to Exeter Chiefs' Rugby Stadium, Sandy Park.
David Parlby, chief executive of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce said: "It would have been nice had it come to Plymouth and the fact that they're planning it in Exeter doesn't mean that it will not come to Plymouth in the future.
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"Exeter seems to be having a strong push on retail but we are focusing on many other industries such as manufacturing, marine and creative industries.
"We also have strong tourism and leisure developments coming up and investment in the Pavilions, business sites like Milford Sea and various business parks."
He added: "Just because there is this high-profile retailer moving to Exeter it doe not necessarily mean it is a disaster for Plymouth.
"I'm sure retailers like that will come here in the future."