IKEA comes to Bremerhaven
The Swedish furniture giant IKEA will be locating a new store in Bremerhaven. In total, IKEA plans to invest about 40 million euro in the Bremerhaven site and create 150 full-time and part-time jobs paying social insurance.
Construction is to start in the first quarter of 2014. The store is scheduled to open early in 2015, as the first with which IKEA is implementing a new concept in Germany.
Expansion Manager Johannes Kerber said: “For us too, this is a very special day. We are delighted and proud that it has been possible to implement our project so quickly and so well – thanks to the excellent support from the city authorities, administration and environmental organizations. We look forward to being in Bremerhaven and view the city as an attractive location with great potential and good long-term prospects. Here we are developing a new market, which includes the entire coastal region right up to the mouth of the Elbe River.”
The new IKEA store will be built in the district of Wulsdorf near the A27 motorway, on a plot of about 63 000 square metres. The sales area itself will be 18 000 square metres and includes an option for extension.
The economic development corporation BIS had already submitted a site offer to IKEA at the beginning of 2012 – after various locations had been reviewed and discussed – and conducted the purchase contract negotiations as well as the discussions with the nature conservation associations concerning the ecological impact compensation measures, all within the scope of the subsequent project management.