Big store go ahead

Lews, Mark
January 2005
Cabinet Maker;1/14/2005, Issue 5421, p5
Trade Publication
The article reports that Northern Ireland retailers are counting the cost of the Republic of Ireland's decision to ditch its cap on retail floorspace--giving the green light to a proposed Ikea store in north Dublin. The decision is also likely to increase the pressure on Northern Irish planners to grant permission for a 220,000 square feet John Lewis outlet in Sprucefield, just outside Belfast. Ikea had threatened to locate north of the border if the Irish government did not lift restrictions on retailer stores above 64,500 square feet. But environment minister Dick Roche's decision to ease restrictions means Belfast store plans have been put on hold.


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