Ikea operates around 20 department stores in the UK, including the one in Coventry that opened in 2007.
Now the furniture store will be the first in the UK to close.
A press release states that IKEA “continues to work towards growth in the UK”.
The proposed closure of the store was not an easy decision, especially given the impact it had on our employees. I would like to thank our Coventry employees for all they have contributed, says Peter Gilkeby of IKEA Great Britain.
352 employees were affected by this announcement.
Although this is not an easy decision, it is the right one for Ikea’s long-term success in the UK. At Ikea, we constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways to meet the needs of our customers. We will continue to test, invest in city stores, and invest digitally to make IKEA more accessible, convenient and sustainable, Gilkebe continues.
Customers in Coventry who wish to visit an Ikea department store, after the summer closing, will be referred to department stores in Nottingham, Milton Keynes or Birmingham.
In Coventry, many wonder what will happen to this huge statue located in the center of the city.
They smashed an ugly building in the middle of the city and are now abandoning it. It will be difficult to use it for other purposes, Says a reader of the Coventry Telegraph today.
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