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IKEA ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NEW STORE IN SHEFFIELD
[National]  Home furnishing company IKEA today announced its intention to open a new store in Sheffield as it revealed it is in the process of preparing a planning application for a new IKEA store in the city.
IKEA has entered into discussions with Sheffield City Council over proposals to convert a derelict industrial site opposite the Mercedes and Porsche Garages on Sheffield Road.

Before a planning application is submitted, IKEA would like to meet the local community to hear their views on the proposals. The community consultation on the plans will begin with a public exhibition to showcase the proposals to be held on Friday 19th April (10am to 5.30pm) and Saturday 20th April (10am to 5pm) in the Arundel Room at the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield City Centre. Following consultation, a formal planning application for the proposals would then be submitted to Sheffield City Council.

The new 37,000 sq m store would sell the full IKEA range of products, comprising of 9,500 articles, and would create up to 400 jobs in a wide range of different roles, including positions in customer relations, sales, interior design, IT, sustainability, marketing and the IKEA restaurant. The company will work with local employment agencies to ensure that local people benefit from the jobs created.

Ian Nicholson, IKEA Sheffield Project Manager, said: “We are really excited about the prospect of bringing IKEA’s value for money home furnishings offer to Sheffield. We have been looking for a site in South Yorkshire for many years now, as currently our customers in this area have to travel quite far to either Leeds or Nottingham to shop with us.

“An IKEA store in Sheffield will be a major boost to the whole city, not just in terms of jobs, but also by adding to the total retail offer. As is the case in cities across the UK, our store would complement, not compete with, the city centre retail offer. We are looking forward to introducing our plans to the local community in the coming weeks and hope as many people as possible attend the public exhibition to see for themselves what IKEA can offer to Sheffield.”

In order to develop a store in Sheffield, IKEA needed to find a site that was large enough to accommodate everything you find in a usual store, such as the showroom, market hall and warehouse, along with the restaurant, crèche, staff facilities and customer service areas. Importantly, it also needed to be well-located close to a major road network and public transport in order to minimise the impact on local residential communities.

Having reviewed a large number of potential sites across the city, including some within the city centre itself, the site on Sheffield Road was identified as the only one to meet all of IKEA’s requirements and is also well-served by public transport, making it easy to access from the City Centre.

IKEA is now running a programme of consultation with local residents, businesses and other stakeholders. Public exhibitions will be held on Friday 19 April and Saturday 20 April in Sheffield City Centre. A further local event will be organised in Tinsley. All are welcome to attend.

Members of the public can keep up-to-date with the progress of the proposals, see the plans and submit their point of view by visiting www.IKEA.co.uk/Sheffield.

The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people and the business idea supports this by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.

In 2012, IKEA were granted planning consent from West Berkshire Council to build the 19th store in the UK in Calcot, Reading, contributing to the local economy and jobs market while making IKEA more accessible to the people in West Berkshire and Reading.

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Notes to editor
• IKEA is the world’s leading home furnishing retailer, the IKEA Group operates a grand total of 298 IKEA stores in 26 countries/territories that are visited by 690 million people every year. Total IKEA Group sales increased by 9.5% in financial year 2012 to €27 billion.

• IKEA UK has 18 stores and IKEA Ireland has 1 store. The first IKEA store in the UK was opened in Warrington in 1987.

• The IKEA Group has 139,000 co-workers in 41 different countries over four continents. There are 7,200 employees currently working at IKEA UK and Ireland organisation. Sales for the IKEA Group for the financial year 2012 increased by 9.5 per cent to a total of 27 billion Euros compared to 2011. More information can be read in our yearly summary ‘Welcome Inside’.

• The 2013 IKEA Catalogue was printed in The IKEA Catalogue was printed in 212 million copies, 29 languages and 62 editions. There were 1 billion visits to the IKEA website during FY12, up 21.8% vs 2011.

• IKEA has a range of 9,500 different home furnishing products. The company was established in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad at the age of 17, in Småland in Sweden.

• In October 2012, IKEA announced its intention to convert all lighting sold to LED by 2016 as part of its commitment to helping customers live a more sustainable life at home, see “People and Planet Positive” Sustainability Strategy.

• By the end of financial year 2020, the IKEA Group will produce as much renewable energy as consumed in total operations. At the end of 2012, IKEA Group produced renewable energy equivalent to 34% of total energy consumption.

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