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Ikea shuns Crawley

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The retail giant has today announced plans that they aim to open a new store in Sussex, nearly 30 miles away from Crawley.

There was talk five years ago about the retailer looking for sites within Sussex and rumours began to mount that Crawley was a possibility.

Only last year more rumours surfaced over the possibility that the Swedish firm could move to land owned by Brighton & Hove Albion.

Now there are no more rumours as draft proposals will be on display at a public exhibition tomorrow, 27th Jan.

The New Monks Farm Development will in addition to the store include hundreds of new homes, a park and even a school.

The area will also be given a new junction on the A27 to allow for the increase in traffic.

Real Estate Manager for IKEA, Tim Farlam,  was reported as commenting that the site was ‘a great opportunity’ and welcomed comments and views from the local community.

But already there is a very different reaction to the news here.

Henry Smith MP said:

“I think it’s a missed opportunity for ikea not to come to Crawley.

Crawley is the natural business and retail hub and it’s unfortunate that ikea didn’t see the opportunity.”

A comment which seems to resonate exactly with residents feelings.

Responding to the news a local resident Ms Davis from West Green said:

“I don’t understand why they would choose an area so remote.  I will still find it easier to use the one in Croydon rather than have to cope with local traffic and smaller roads.  The A27 already can be awful with too much traffic, now with this it will be unbearable.”

Councillor Peter Smith also expressed his disappointment,

“We are very disappointed that Ikea hasn’t chosen Crawley.

Crawley is the ideal location in the center of the Gatwick Diamond with excellent transport connections and we are disappointed that they didn’t contact the council as the current Labour administration is very business friendly and would have tried to help them come here.”

 

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20 new jobs created as Argos to open new store inside Sainsbury’s West Green, Crawley

The store opens tomorrow (July 26th).

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The expansion of Argos stores within Sainbury’s continues with one now opening inside Crawley’s West Green store.

With huge pressure from online stores Argos has had to find a way to survive and its partnership with Sainsbury’s has seen the store evolve considerably.

Argos is now relying on what they call their ‘market-leading Fast Track Delivery and Click & Collect‘ and says that around 20,000 products can be ordered for same day collection in store and for home delivery in as little as four hours.

The new store will also have a Pay@Browse area with tablets that allow customers to make purchases for their products instead of the old catalogues and paper/pencil combination.

Martin Cawdry, Sainsbury’s West Green Store Manager said:

“We are thrilled to welcome the Argos team and even more fantastic colleagues to our store in Crawley.

The opening is great news for our customers, who are always looking for easier, more convenient ways to shop. We look forward to offering them an exciting range of products at fantastic value.”

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