The plans for Aberdeen’s new IKEA store have taken a step forward after more than £450,000 of contributions to road improvements were agreed.
And Cyan Properties, which owns the Makro site in Nigg where IKEA will be based, has said the store is due to open in mid-May now the section 75 agreement, which is contributions for infrastructure improvements, has been signed off.
A total of £298,000 is to be received from IKEA to make improvements to the Souterhead Roundabout, with £129,000 to go to the city’s strategic transport fund, which helps the development of major infrastructure around the city. As well as this, £39,000 is to pay for improvements to the Wellington Road roundabout.
Alastair Ness, spokesman for Cyan Properties, said: “The section 75 agreement underlines our commitment to improving the traffic flow and addressing the concerns raised by the local community.”
IKEA Aberdeen will not carry the full product range to take home, but customers will be able to order from the full range for home delivery or for collection.
It will act primarily as a studio for people to plan and order more complex purchases such as kitchens, wardrobes and sofas, and the 4,274 sqm store, which is expected to bring 30 new jobs, will also feature some IKEA room sets to provide inspiration and ideas.
As well as the showroom and sales area, there will also be a cafe and toilets.
An IKEA spokesman said: “At present we are busy with the construction of our new Aberdeen order and collection point. We are on track with the development and aim to open the new order and collection point in late spring 2016.”