‘I don’t want it if the meatballs aren’t coming’ – you react to IKEA’s plans for Chester branch

Shoppers have been having their say on IKEA’s proposals to open a new store in Chester. Thousands of people have expressed their delighted on CheshireLive’s Facebook page after IKEA announced it was considering opening a branch in Chester.

However, many said they were not keen on the idea of it being a plan and order site, meaning it will focus mainly on bespoke kitchen and wardrobe designs. There will be display kitchen and wardrobe and experts to provide one-to-one consultations, but no products to take home and no food – including the Swedish firm’s flagship meatballs.

Sonia Hawes posted that she was “disappointed”, while Sara Roberts said: “I don’t want it if the meatballs aren’t coming!” Catherine Mellor declared: “Only kitchens and bathrooms that’s it not worth it.”

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However, many readers expressed their delight at the news. Steve Derbyshire said it would be “great” if the store went ahead and Loraine Newton described it as “amazing”.

Shoppers in and around Chester have also bemoaned having to travel to Warrington to access IKEA – with one labelling the trip “horrible”. They are hoping the 50-mile round trip to the town to buy their beloved furniture – and meatballs – will soon be a thing of the past.

Elaine Williams wrote: “Yay at last no horrid trip up to Warrington.” Sian Blanche-Jones said: “That would be good a lot nearer than Warrington.”

Lita Phillips posted: “Great, no more driving to Warrington!” Talking about the store’s proposed location, Mark Fraser said: “Oh well at least it’s better than Warrington.”

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