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Ikea gets go-ahead for city store
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The Ikea store is set to open on the outskirts of Belfast
Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has received the go-ahead for its major new complex on the outskirts of Belfast.

The store will create 400 jobs with another 100 jobs resulting from related services such as home deliveries.

Confirmation of the new store near George Best Belfast City Airport followed a successful application for an increase in size.

The outlet will include a Swedish food hall, 400-seat restaurant, bistro, cafe, creche and a large car park.

It will also have a multi-storey car park and surface level car parking, 12 coach parking spaces and a coach drop off/pick up point.

The total development will cover an area of 29,000 square metres - the size of five football pitches.

Work on the store, Ikea's first in Ireland, will begin in January and the company hopes it will open by November, 2007.

The company's recruitment drive is already under way - all this at a time when plans for a Dublin store are still stuck in planning.

The company previously said there had been a "slight delay" in the finalisation of the Belfast planning application due to the increased size of the proposed store and some unexpected delays in the preliminary site investigation process.

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