Welcoming this decision, Carole Reddish, Acting Country Manager for IKEA UK said:
“We are absolutely delighted that West Berkshire Council has supported our decision to come to Calcot. It recognises the significant contribution an IKEA store will bring to the local economy and jobs market in West Berkshire and Reading. We considered the various comments raised by local residents to ensure that the final store design met the needs of both IKEA and the surrounding community. We look forward to continuing working closely with the people of Calcot to develop our store.”
The IKEA store in Calcot, Reading will be the 19th store in the UK, built on a four hectare site of commercial land comprising a number of retail and leisure units some of which are vacant and in a poor state of repair. The development will consist of a retail warehouse and an adjacent multi deck parking area. There will be a total of 1,259 parking spaces as well as additional bus and coach parking areas.
The 38,000 square meter store will provide a typical IKEA offering, including a market hall, showroom and warehouse, as well as restaurant, crèche, staff facilities and customer service areas.
The development will bring over 400 job opportunities, representing a significant increase in employment on the Pincents Lane Retail Park. Available roles will range from sales, interior design, logistics, restaurant, customer services and warehousing to outsourced services. IKEA also provides opportunity for unskilled, skilled, training for managerial positions and for working internationally. It will also support the construction industry with up to 1500 jobs during the store build.
IKEA is focused on becoming 100% renewable. Technology such as solar heating, photovoltaic panels, biomass generation and rain water harvesting have been incorporated in a number of UK stores and it is the ambition of the company to make the IKEA store in Calcot, Reading their greenest store to-date.
Notes to editor
- IKEA was established in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad at the age of 17, in Småland in Sweden.
- IKEA is the world’s leading home furnishing retailer with a grand total of 287 IKEA stores in 26 countries/territories that are visited by 655 million people every year. 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 131,000 co-workers in 41 different countries over four continents. 106,500 in Europe, 16,500 in North America and 8,000 in Asia and Australia. There are 7200 employees currently working at IKEA UK and Ireland organisation.
- IKEA has a range of 9,500 different home furnishing products.
- Sales for the IKEA Group for the financial year 2011 increased by 6.9 per cent to a total of 24.7 billion Euros compared to 2010. Despite the tough economic climate, IKEA UK has reported that total sales for the year to 31 August 2011 of £1.15 billion.
- IKEA had 42 million visitors in the UK stores.
- Last year, the annual IKEA catalogue was printed in 208 million copies, 59 editions and in 30 languages. In total, the catalogue was read by 400 million people in 41 countries. Ingvar Kamprad penned all the text himself until 1963.
For further information please contact:
Lois Blenkinsop, IKEA UK Press Office,
Tel: 0845 2257126