Perhaps there will be good news for the inhabitants of the province of Alicante now that the municipality of that city has received a new political regime. Thanks to this change, it is possible that Ikea finally is going to have a chance to open its own shop in the province, which has been banned for years.
The new mayor of Alicante, Luis Barcala, announced immediately after taking over in Alicante that his team will do everything to get Ikea to Alicante. This is a project that has been going on for several years but what, despite the huge desire of the Swedish furniture group to open in Alicante did not get off the ground because of political problems.
Negotiations about Ikea in Alicante have been stalled for months and are on a dead end which may be given a new lease of life due to the new political situation in Alicante. In the meantime, Ikea has already started looking for other possible destinations within the province, as for example in Elche or Finestrat.
Despite the possibilities of Ikea to open a shop somewhere else outside the municipality of Alicante but within the province, the store group has always kept the city of Alicante in mind. The new municipality wants to once again sit together with the representatives of Ikea and make concrete plans because the process is already on far too long, says the new mayor.
The original plan of Ikea includes a store of 42,000 m2 where 500 people could get a job. Ikea would then have to reach the so-called Rabassa area, where other shops around Ikea should also be built. Ikea itself is also interested in a store in Elche as it is close to a big city and close to the airport.
Would be very nice to have Ikea in a shorter distance – more comfortable to drive to Elche than to Murcia.