IKEA to expand presence in Poland

Polish developer Inter IKEA Centre Polska -- part of the IKEA group -- will soon begin construction on a large shopping center in Lodz, Poland, according to a report in the Warsaw Business Journal.

Called Port Lodz, the 127,000-square-foot shopping center is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2009 and will represent the Swedish retailer’s seventh property in Poland.

The new shopping center -- anchored by a 33,000-square-foot IKEA store -- will also house more than 270 stores and service shops.

“Port Lodz will be a unique project,” Renata Burejza, public relations and marketing manager at Inter IKEA Centre Polska, told the newspaper. “Unlike the rest of our centers in Poland, it will not be a retail park but rather a more traditional shopping center in which the whole retail space is contained in a single building.”

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