In his letter to IKEA UK’s CEO, Gillian Drakeford, Mr McDonald highlighted some of the benefits that Aberdeen can bring to organisations looking to invest or expand and has asked the company to consider carrying out a fresh feasibility study of the region.
“I believe that it has been some time now since IKEA last looked at Aberdeen, both in 2007 and in 2011. On both occasions, the city was not considered as a viable location for a store.
“I made the decision to write to Ikea as infrastructure improvements such as the AWPR are a complete game changer for the city as they open up access to areas which would otherwise be overlooked for development.
“The anticipated reduction in travel time alone will widen population catchment areas by tens of thousands of people and make Aberdeen an even more attractive place for people to spend their leisure time and conduct business from.
“With a catchment area of well over half a million people in the city and shire alone, on-going transformative infrastructure improvements and a clear demand, it would appear that soon there will no longer be any missing pieces when it comes to assembling Aberdeen’s business case for an IKEA”
Read Mark's letter to IKEA here: