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380 Exeter Retail Jobs Looking Likely At New Ikea Store

13 Jan 2014

380 Exeter Retail Jobs Looking Likely At New Ikea Store

A decision is set to be taken by Exeter City Council’s planning committee which could decide the fate of a potential new 28,000 square metre Ikea store in Devon. A report written by planning officers claims that if the new Ikea, which would have parking space for over 1,000 vehicles, gets the go ahead, the store will create up to 380 full or part time retail jobs in Exeter in the next few years.

The planning committee at Exeter City Council were due to make a decision on the new Ikea this week, but Christmas and New Year delays in the processing of paperwork have set the meeting back until 20 January.

The report on the new store, which has been compiled by Exeter planning officers on statistics provided by Ikea, seems in favour of the new store and the retail vacancies it will bring. It states that, “combined with the job creation and other economic benefits that the applicant refer to, it is considered that the proposed development would create significant and substantial economic benefits for the city and the travel to work area.”

Forecasts by Ikea suggest that the new store will reach a turnover of around £1 million a day within in just five years. It will persuade almost 400,000 extra visits to Bristol city centre each year and generate between £7-£20 million of extra spending if forecasts prove accurate.

It is claimed that the 380 Exeter retail jobs which the Ikea store would directly create - combined with knock on effects creating further vacancies in the local economy - could reduce the overall number of people looking for jobs in Exeter by as much as 20 per cent.

Ikea employs over 10,000 in full and part time retail roles at over a dozen locations in the United Kingdom. You can read our company profile about the Swedish company for the more information about the different sorts of student jobs at Ikea.

And for more ideas about full and part time retail opportunities if you are studying in Devon, you can check out our up-to-date page of Retail Jobs In Exeter which features our latest vacancies for students in the city.

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