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IKEA Reading opens its doors to the public

After only 40 weeks under construction IKEA opens their first new UK store in 7 years. We have been working closely with IKEA for 25 years, and have designed and built 12 new stores for them. Their latest development in Reading sits on a 5 hectare site with a store in excess of 32,000sqm and a new multi-level car park providing spaces for approximately 1,000 cars. 

On Thursday 14 July the waiting was over. There is nothing quite like the opening of a new IKEA store, and IKEA Reading was no exception. Excited shoppers were ushered in with cheers from staff. To commemorate the occasion Nicola Clase, Swedish Ambassador to the UK, gave a speech. There was singing, which has become part of the IKEA opening tradition. For customers and staff the whole event made for a memorable day. 

For Gillian Drakeford, IKEA UK Country Manager it marked the start of a significant period of growth for the business, with new stores planned for the coming years. 

We look forward to our next project with them, and for the next grand opening!

Nicola Clase, Swedish Ambassador

Nicola Clase, Swedish Ambassador