Ikea opens 21st UK store

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Ikea has reached another milestone in the UK with the opening of its 21st store in Newcourt Way, Exeter.

The retailer, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in the UK last year, said the new 29,000sq m store was its most sustainable to date and created 370 jobs for the region.

It is also part of the Swedish company’s ambitious expansion plans, with the next store due to open in Greenwich, south east London, in 2019.

Ikea celebrated the official opening in Exeter with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Ikea UK Country Manager Gillian Drakeford and Ikea Exeter Store Manager Nick Earle, as well as an array of local dignitaries.

“We are hugely excited to be bringing our retail offering to the South West as we aim to bring the Ikea brand and concept even closer to the many people,” Drakeford said.

The environmentally sustainable features of the store include Ikea’s first UK-based greenhouse showcasing outdoor living, solar panels on the roof, rainwater harvesting, ground source heating, eight electric vehicle charging points and the availability of electric vans as part of its home delivery service.

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