A Scunthorpe construction firm will build Sheffield's new £60 million Ikea store.
The Swedish furniture giants has chosen Clugston Construction to develop the 31,500 sq m store, which is due to open near the Meadowhall Retail Park in summer next year.
The site of the former former Betafence factory in Lock House Road, Carbrook, has been cleared, and construction will begin 'imminently', according to the developer.
Clugston managing director Steve Radcliffe said: “We are delighted to have been selected to build Ikea's new superstore in Sheffield.
"This, I believe, will be the largest retail scheme we have delivered in Yorkshire and will generate significant opportunities in the Sheffield area for our supply chain.”
Clugston Construction is part of the £140 million Clugston Group, established almost 80 years ago. It focuses on construction, logistics and property development.
The new Ikea store will include a sales floor, cafe and children’s play areas, as well as underground and external car parking areas.
The retailer has signed an agreement with Sheffield Council to pay for improvements to the M1 junction 34 roundabout, a new entrance to the Meadowhall Retail Park at the Attercliffe Common junction and a new cycle route between the new store and Arena Square.
An access road leading to the new store’s car park will also be created off Sheffield Road.
The store, which is expected to create up to 700 jobs, including roles for 300 construction workers, was given conditional planning permission by councillors in June 2014.
People will be able to find out more about the roles at a job fair at the Town Hall on Friday (October 21). The job fair will run from 10am to 6pm. People will not be able to apply at the event, but vacancies will open in the winter.
An Ikea spokesman said: “We are excited to be coming to Sheffield and committed to developing a local workforce.
“The new store will create around 350 jobs in areas as diverse as sales, customer service, interior design, hospitality and logistics.
“All vacancies will be advertised on our website, and we encourage applications from anyone with an enthusiastic attitude and a passion for home furnishings.”
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