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IKEA to Start Building in Croatia Next Month


Construction of the first IKEA store in Croatia is set to begin early next month, reports daily newspaper Jutarnji list.

The Swedish furniture manufacturer is one of the few businesses to experience growth during the economic crisis, with 7 per cent higher revenues this financial year (1 September to 31 August). Ikea were initially scheduled to open its doors in Croatia in the middle of 2011, but various issues saw construction delayed. The latest announcement is good news for Croatia and particularly the Zagreb area where the store will be located.

IKEA’s spokesmen Igor Stefanac says that there has already been huge interest for jobs at the Swedish giant. With around 250 jobs on offer once IKEA opens its doors, IKEA’s Croatian office has been inundated with CV’s, receiving  thousands to date.

“In the coming days we will seek to obtain a building permit for the construction of the department store, which is scheduled to begin in October or November,” said Stefanac.

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