The IKEA phenomenon - IKEA's long history with the North West
IKEA has a long history with the North West and opened its first UK store here over thirty years ago.
Shoppers from across the UK had to travel to Warrington to get their Swedish flat-pack fix when the store launched back in 1987.
Customers were introduced to classics from the KLIPPAN, LACK and MOMENT ranges which soon became popular.
The store which is still open today, comprises 29,300 sq metres, and was quickly followed by another, this time in Wembley London in 1988.
In 2006, IKEA opened its second store in the North West in Ashton.
There are now 18 IKEAs across the UK with the latest store opening last week in Exeter.
IKEA was founded in Sweden in 1943 by then-17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad, who in 2015 was listed as one of the ten richest people in the world, worth more than $40 billion.
The shop which is famous for its modernist designs, has 355 stores in 29 countries (as of August 31 2017).