Swedish furniture giant Ikea to create 300 jobs at new Exeter store
Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has identified the site of its first store in the Westcountry, according to reports.
The homeware giant's search for site for a major new outlet in Exeter, bringing with it some 300 jobs, has been well documented.
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Yesterday Ikea said it was "unable to comment" amid reports that a site close to the M5 had been earmarked after a meeting between councils and the company.
It has been reported that the new store, with a floor area of some 20,000 square metres, would be based near the home of the Exeter Chiefs' at Sandy Park. It could open in 2015 depending on the planning process.
Steve Pettyfer, property manager IKEA UK and Ireland, speaking to the BBC, said: "IKEA has been identifying sites around the country for potential stores, including the South West of England.
"We have worked with Exeter City Council to identify a number of locations that could be suitable in the Exeter area. However, these discussions are continuing so we are unable to comment further at this point in time."