CAMPAIGN TO ATTRACT IKEA TO MITCHELSTOWN
A campaign to entice Swedish retailing giant IKEA to Mitchelstown is underway with business and community groups working hard to showcase the potential of the North Cork town.
“Mitchelstown is ideally located for any large retailers such as IKEA,” Mitchelstown development manager Paul Swift told The Avondhu.
“The motorway infrastructure is in place and as Aldi has already discovered the town is situated at the crossroads of Munster. From here we have excellent connections between Cork, Waterford and Limerick cities and we have the land to provide the type of facilities that a major retailer like IKEA would require,” he said.
Work has already started in an effort to have Mitchelstown considered for the second Irish IKEA store to be located within the Golden Vale.
“We have everything that IKEA could require, as well as excellent road infrastructure, Mitchelstown has a large available land bank surrounding the town. At the Ballymun store IKEA, as part of the planning requirements, had to wait until a section of the M50 was complete to allow access to the store.
"Here in Mitchelstown this access to the M8 would be much easier. Also one of the demands IKEA put on the location for its new store in Dublin was that there must be at least one million people within a 100 km radius.
"Again Mitchelstown can provide this, as recorded in the last census there is over 1.2 million people living within a 100 km radius of the town,” chairman of Mitchelstown Business Association Eamonn O’Brien told The Avondhu.
“We must now give IKEA a chance to see what Mitchelstown has to offer. We have the land, we have the motorway and we have the population. All we need now is IKEA,” Eamonn O’Brien concluded.
Thursday 5th August 7:59pm