A LEADING councillor today welcomed the decision to grant plans for an IKEA store in Aberdeen.
Deputy Provost, Councillor John Reynolds had been campaigning to bring the Swedish furniture giant to the city for a number of years.
The council’s planning committee unanimously backed the proposals for an order and collection store at the Makro site, off Wellington Road, to the south of the city.
Cllr Reynolds said: “This is great news for Aberdeen.
“The store won’t be as big as those in Edinburgh and Glasgow but at last folk in the North-east have an IKEA.”
The Makro will be redeveloped to include an IKEA order and collection point – similar to the Argos model – with a showroom and sales area, as well as a cafe and toilets.
The remainder of the space would be split with a downsized Makro and a smaller supermarket in the remaining space.
Developer Cyan Properties Ltd initially had consent to open a supermarket but submitted an amended application after failing to find an occupier.