Swedish furniture giant IKEA has confirmed its new Reading store will open this week on 14 July 2016.

The 344,000sq ft store is the first to be built in the UK in seven years and will be located on Pincents Lane, Calcot. The new build will create up to 350 jobs in a variety of roles including customer relations, sales, and interior design.

Johanna Heuren, IKEA Reading store manager, said: “We are thrilled to announce the official IKEA Reading store opening date as we continue to move closer to bringing our home furnishing offer to people in the Thames Valley.

“We are still on the look-out for passionate and curious co-workers to be part of the team that brings IKEA to people in the Thames Valley, so I encourage anyone who shares our passion for home furnishing and people to get in touch.”

IKEA Reading will be the 19th IKEA store in the UK. The first store was opened in Warrington in 1987.