Friday, May 26, 2006

IKEA vs NI Planning Service - Ding Ding Round 1

Image from IKEA website (c) IKEAHaving announced the East Belfast site (or North Down, depending on where you live) for their new Northern Ireland store, IKEA have now submitted their planning application. Hopefully the NI Planning Service backlog won’t overly affect IKEA’s timeline.

The Holywood Exchange store will now be spread over 29,000 square metres (3,000 square meters larger than originally announced) and will stock the entire range of IKEA tat. The original December 2006 opening date has been put back to next spring or summer due to the increased size and site investigations on the brownfield site.

Cartoon about an IKEA job interview - unknown sourceAs well as an influx of Ikea look-alike houses, the store will create 400 jobs and keep painters and decorators in business for years to come.

If you're looking for a job, Ikea Belfast are recruiting (summer 2007) at

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