23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 15-01-2015 10:10

      Ikea finds potential site in Salford


      FLAT pack furnishing giants Ikea are believed to have found a potential site for a new store in Salford.


      The Swedish firm opened their first UK store at Warrington in 1987 and have subsequently opened 17 other stores across the country.


      The Salford location is believed to be land next to the AJ Bell Stadium. The 42 acres around the stadium has been attracting a lot of attention after a deal had been struck with Greene King to build a pub and restaurant on a plot estimated to be worth £1 million.


      In an article from the MEN a source said: “Ikea have been involved in advanced talks. The land in question is under Barton Bridge. Representatives from the company have taken helicopter flights above the site to check it out, but nothing has happened so far.


      “Apparently their Warrington site is over capacity and they need to expand.”


      In a statement made by Ikea “In the ever-changing, fast-paced retail environment, we want to provide our customers with a more simple convenient and enjoyable shopping experience both online and in-store.


      "As such, we are reviewing our expansion strategy on an ongoing basis.”


      A senior source at Manchester council said it would welcome the development.


      However Salford council decline to comment.


      The land is part owned by Salford council and Peel Holdings who are interested in bringing a major non-food retailer to the site as there is no planning permission for food retailers.


      Salford business owner, Duncan Mason, 45, is weary of the possibility saying “It depends where it is being built. Traffic is getting bad enough as it is. If there is going to be a new Ikea then transport will need to be improved.”


      Construction of a new road is ongoing and will eventually connect the site to the Trafford Centre.


      Local resident Phil Hogan said: “Yes it would be great fingers crossed that this happens but seems a low possibility yet. Let’s just hope it brings some jobs to the area if it happens.”


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      By Jonathan Francis