The homeware and furniture giant IKEA has finally confirmed the news everyone has been waiting for – the store is coming to Devon.
The detailed plans will be handed in to Exeter city plans within the next few weeks.
Following two years of rumours, speculation and reports about the uncertain future of the plans, the announcement is sure to please fans of the Scandinavian superstore.
Below: This is how excited people got when an IKEA branch recently opened in Reading
An IKEA spokesperson said: "We are happy to confirm we are pushing ahead with all the remaining applications needed to construct the IKEA store.
"The applications will be submitted to Exeter City Council in next few weeks, starting with the ground works and followed by the detailed design of the building."
IKEA was approached for a statement after several sources revealed that a detailed planning application was expected to be handed in to Exeter City Council within the next two weeks.
The anticipated store would be built on land off the A379 between Sandy Park and Newcourt Way.
Exeter's planning committee approved an outline planning application back in January 2014, which also included plans for 220 new homes.
But doubts had set in recently, as they only had until January 2017 to follow up that approval with a detailed application.
The expiration would have completely erased the groundwork in place so far, and sent the company back to the drawing board.
Hopes were recently raised with the opening of IKEA's 19th store in the UK.
It bolstered the fact the company were not getting cold feet about opening new stores in a challenging retail environment.
Reasons to be excited about IKEA's arrival:
- Fantastic news for employment in the region. At the recent launch of the Reading branch,which is a similar size to the one planned for Exeter, more than 370 jobs werecreated.
- It's going to be HUGE
- The food is cheap, cheerful and tasty! The Swedish meatballsare an incredibly popular dish - and soon we won't have to travel to Cribb'sCauseway for our fix any longer.
- It's fun for all the family. ModernIKEA stores usually have a creche near the entrance of the store where youngchildren can be dropped off for up to 45 minutes.Kids aged from threeto 10 years old can spend that time in the creche for free.It means the littleones are entertained whilst you browse.