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Ikea promised to build stuff for the house 7 years ago – big plans resemble only an empty plot of land and sticking out the ends of the tubes

a chainlink fence surrounded by vast plots of land. Inside the fence view of a sand field as well as plant power by country. Here is the tree of beginnings.

from the Ground sticking out of the tube it as a sign that the plot has been done to municipal engineering work, i.e. there is inter alia pulled water pipes and sewer pipes. One point is collected in the empty, underground deployment of the tanks and pipes.

we Are the furniture giant Ikea land Lappeenranta, Mustola, close to the Russian border.

ikea to the plot of land is located less than ten kilometers from the Lappeenranta city centre to the east.Jyrki Lyytikkä / Yle

21 acres sized plot of land is bordered on one side nuijamaa road, along which run the ends up to the border crossing. Travel to Finland and the Russian border is just over 16 miles.

Russian tourists are one of the reasons that Ikea have, to date, the plot soared.

If the ikea and the city the original plans were realized, would this place have for some years been in the furniture and interior items selling Ikea department store and shopping center.

year the groundwork was published in 2012

Ikea waiting started in Lappeenranta in 2012 with great expectations. That year in November, Ikea and the city of Lappeenranta, announced plans for a department store and shopping mall. At that time, the land was still in the city of Lappeenranta owned.

the Purpose was, that Ikea would open in Lappeenranta in 2015.

– South-east Finland has a lot of potential, that of the summer cottagers and tourists flows perfectly complement, say, ikea's Finnish country manager, Andre Schmidtgall seven years ago.

the tourist flow you mean by Russian tourists.

illustration from ikea and the shopping centre of the year 2013. This plan Ikea has given up.Parviainen Architects

the launch was preceded by years of groundwork. Lappeenranta city and the department store giant had started to feel already in 2007. In 2010, ikea for outlined also in another place, which would be located about 15 miles from Kuutostien put on the back ridge.

Ikea cup was the other southeastern Finnish cities. The company finally chose Lappeenranta mustola of.

the schedule begins to move

the foundations, i.e. the municipal engineering construction of a huge plot began in 2013. On-the-spot before the transport movement of the terminal, which the city bought the Ikea off the road. The city structure a transportation business new facilities elsewhere.

Long time no hourglass in time by sand casting, when the Ikea way of getting the message to the construction schedule of the transition.

Ikea has Lappeenranta 21 acres sized plot of land.Kare Lehtonen/Yle

at the beginning of 2014 Ikea country manager, Lena Bowlin told me, that the company's purpose is to make the decision to build so that the construction would start in early 2015.

the structure of the decision does not, however, in 2014, become, and, consequently, the construction guarantee is not started. Ikea says the postponement reason was the tightened market situation. A store should be completed in 2015 as originally was planned.

Now Tennessee was waiting ikea from the construction decision by the end of 2015. Next, the company, however, started to negotiate with the city overtime. Ikea promised a final construction decision by the end of 2016.

the town of lead in began to get frustrated with ikea's decision-making delay. The city was invested in a plot of 10 million euros. The mayor stood, however, the investment behind.

– I Believe that every Finnish city had to put his name to such a paper, mayor Kimmo Jarva assessed in the spring of 2016.

the City granted an extension. Ikea will pay the city for the future of the treaty and the construction of the delay compensation 262 000.

Ikea wants to get rid of the schedule

the Next twist came in the autumn of 2016, when Ikea offered to buy Mustola plot of 10.1 million euros. The sum would cover the city of Lappeenranta in the property investments of amount.

the Condition that the company need not commit to a specific construction schedule.

– we Want to focus on the design away, so just a few years of construction the decision not to come to the fore, Ikea Finnish real estate director Ann-Christin Pilviö said in the fall of 2016.

Meanwhile, Ikea announced that the area left to develop on a new basis. Mustola is, therefore, necessarily would increase ikea's great to spare the house and the trade centre.

Ikea wish and Lappeenranta sold the land to the company.

tank you are waiting to install their Ikea site.Kare Lehtonen/YleVenäläismatkailijoiden reduction contributed to

Russian tourists number in Finland began to decline sharply in 2014. The reasons were the events in Ukraine as well as russia's economic uncertainty.

in Lappeenranta, there is speculation that Ikea began to put a brake on the investment decision of Russian tourists amount of collapse.

the Ikea is, however, insured all year, that the goods of the house is not built for Russian tourists to chance. The company has justified plans to change the region's economic transformation.

– One of the elements is of Russian tourism-related recession. However, it is only one part. In this there are other factors involved that have contributed to the whole, Ikea Finnish real estate director Ann-Christin Pilviö emphasis in 2016.

in the last Few years, the Russian tourist number has been increasing again. The collapse of the pre-2013 figures do not, however, yet to be.

Nature to take its own condition

Ikea has received till this day to prepare Lappeenranta plans in peace.

we Have expressed ikea for want that the plot is built.

Kimmo Jarva, the city of Lappeenranta, director

the 2014 graduates of the civil engineering work after mustola of the plot, nothing has happened except nature made by the claim. Plot namely the growth of ten different plant species as well as trees.

November grey in the plots of natural values is difficult to perceive, but the South-Saimaa earlier this year published a case (switch to another service), the experts described the plots of land as a valuable sunny environment.

it's been Quiet for ikea and the city of the contact between pidossakin recently, told the city's director of Kimmo Jarva .

– we Have expressed ikea for want that the plot is built, Jarva said.

the rest of the city can't really. Plot owner decides for himself what and when plot happens.

Ikea: nothing new to tell you

ikea in Finland has five department stores. Their latest opened in Kuopio in 2012.

Lappeenranta, along with Ikea planning to open a department store in Helsinki birch island west of the fairway. Helsingin sanomat, according to Ikea's birch island planning reservation until 2020 (switch to another service).

Ikea has been the middle point in Jyväskylä, starting in 2015. Early November Ikea told the closure of the middle point.Leena Petman / Yle

Ikea has been tried in finland, the other kind of operation. In 2015, the company opened in Jyväskylä in the near point, where it is able to retrieve the ordered furniture, and to buy smaller home goods.

we Surveyed further land development opportunities.

Ann-Christin Pilviö, Ikea Finland's director of business development

Though in early November Ikea told the discontinuation of its middle point. The farm comes to home decor focuses on design point.

Lappeenranta plans Ikea currently does not have a new story to tell.

we'll Get to Lappeenranta, the plot related to the region's potential in the long term, and we have it with regard to commitment to any particular schedule. We surveyed further land development opportunities, we aim to find a suitable solution together with the city of Lappeenranta in the near future, a message now using Ikea's business operations in Finland director of development acting Ann-Christin Pilviö.

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