Plans to build the new IKEA store in Alicante have been put on hold. The proposed site between PAU1 and 2 was going to cause problems with congestion on the Gran Vía. Additionally, the land there was very expensive. IKEA wants 40,000 m2 of land for its new store but the city council estimate that it will take 100,000 m2 of land when access roads and other facilities are added in.
So now IKEA is looking to site its store in the Rebasa plan near the Port and San Gabriel and the neighbouring areas of Mutxamel and Sant Joan. Access there would be much easier via the autoroute.
This will of course delay the anticipated 2011 opening of the store. For us though, there is no difference between travelling to the Murcia store and the proposed one at Alicante.