CHIEF Minister Katy Gallagher has joined IKEA Australian Country Manager David Hood to turn the first sod on the IKEA Canberra store.
The turning of the sod marks the start of construction on the store which is due to open in late 2015.
“It is exciting to see construction of this new IKEA store is now underway and that Canberrans will soon be able to shop for the popular furniture here in Canberra rather than drive interstate,” Katy said.
“IKEA establishing a presence in Canberra is great for jobs and great for our economy – and it is a vote of confidence in our city and our region.
“IKEA will directly create 280 jobs, with recruitment already underway. It will bring yet more diversification of our economy and I know the Canberra community is very much looking forward to the opening of the doors.
“This is fantastic news for our local economy and shows what exciting results can be achieved when we work closely with the private sector to create new investment opportunities.
“IKEA will provide even more reason for people from our surrounding region to visit the nation’s capital and allow Canberrans the opportunity to buy their favourite IKEA pieces locally,” the Chief Minister concluded.