AN MP has called for a meeting with the newly-appointed chief executive of Ikea following the company’s decision to withdraw its flagship store from Lancashire.

Javier Quiñones, who has recently been named the chief executive of Ikea UK and Ireland, has announced they would be withdrawing their South Ribble site to seek a new location elsewhere.

The Cuerden project would have created 4,500 new jobs, with the Ikea anchor store providing 350 roles.

A spokesman said this is due to ‘increased development costs and delays outside of IKEA’s control’.

The Ribble Valley constituency sits on the boundary of the Cuerden site and the borough’s Tory MP Nigel Evans described the decision as a ‘massive loss’ to Lancashire.

He said: “I will be doing all I can to ensure Ikea reconsider their withdrawal which would bring prosperity and economic stability to Lancashire. The Cuerden site continues to present a fantastic commercial opportunity for large businesses, with approved planning permission and convenient motorway links.”