A decision is to be made next week on IKEA’s proposed new base in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen City Council’s planning development management committee has been asked to approve a change in plans for the development of Makro at Nigg.
The plans are to split up the current Makro site to include IKEA and a smaller retail unit.
And if the proposals are given the go-ahead, 100 new jobs are expected to be created.
If the planning application is approved, IKEA is expected to be open handed over by November 30 in time for opening by Christmas.
Councillors have been asked to give the plans the go-ahead, so long as a Section 75 agreement can be reached.
Section 75 agreements are used to secure vital infrastructure such as roads and schools.
A report which is to be presented to councillors on Thursday states: “The applicant has provided additional supporting information which has highlighted this expansion of smaller format convenience stores.
“At present, it is indicated it is only this type of retailing that continues to expand.
“As such, while it would be preferable to ensure the delivery of the identified need, the planning system must also react to changes in the economic climate, and take on material considerations.”
The original plans, which proposed dividing the Makro building in Wellington Circle into two stores, were lodged in July last year.
The proposals were approved by councillors in June but Cyan Properties, which owns the Makro building, decided to change the plans to break the space up into three smaller sites because of changing market conditions.
If approved, the plans would see the creation of a 4,274sq m IKEA order and collection point, which incorporates being 4,274 sq m in size while also incorporating a showroom and sales area, as well as a cafe and toilets.
The remainder of the space would be split with a downsized Makro taking up a part of it and a smaller supermarket in the remaining 929 to 1,579 sq m of floor space.
A spokesman for Cyan Properties saidthis was a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for the city.
He said: “We are very pleased that by working closely with the council we have been able to get this application to committee next week.”