IKEA is coming to Sussex as part of £150 million development announced by Brighton & Hove Albion on land to the north of the club’s training ground at Lancing.
Plans include 600 new homes, a school, community centre and country park for residents.
The club say the new IKEA store will create 430 jobs, while the entire development estimated to generate a total of 875 new jobs for the Adur area.
Albion director Martin Perry, who is heading up the New Monks Farm Development, said, “This is part of a wider major regeneration scheme in Lancing that is in line with the emerging Adur Local Plan.
“In addition to the significant employment generated through this development by IKEA, 600 homes for local families will be created, supported by a new primary school, a country park and replacing the Sussex Pad traffic lights with a major new roundabout on the A27 that will improve the situation for commuters and open up new job opportunities on Shoreham Airport.”
Tim Farlam, real estate manager for IKEA UK and Ireland added, “At IKEA, our vision is to create a better everyday life for many people. We want to make IKEA accessible and are very excited to be opening a number of new stores around the UK. This site presents a great opportunity, given its scale, accessibility and location.
“A new store at Lancing will provide people from the greater Brighton area with relevant home furnishing solutions and will create local jobs.”
Neil Parkin, leader of Adur District Council added, “I am pleased to see the strong investment interest that is being shown in Lancing and in the whole Adur District.
“We are clear that we want to attract world-class developments which create homes and jobs for local people. I am looking forward to working with Brighton & Hove Albion, and now with IKEA, to achieve our ambitions for one of the most high profile strategic sites identified in our Local Plan.”