Swedish furniture giant IKEA has confirmed it is ‘considering’ a potential Cork location as it continues to review its ongoing expansion strategy.

According to the Irish Examier, three sites have been proposed to IKEA by the Cork County Council, which would see IKEA take on its first store in the Republic of Ireland that is based outside of the country’s capital in Dublin.

The three sites in question are the former Fitzgerald Army Barracks in Fermoy, with the other two to be in Mitchellstown and Charleville.

Cork County Council has written to the Swedish Company Ikea offering one of three potential sites in North Cork as its first location outside of Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

Responding to an enquiry by Cabinet Maker, an IKEA spokesperson said: “In the ever changing, fast-paced retail environment we want to provide our customers with a more simple convenient and enjoyable shopping experience both online and in-store. As such, we are reviewing our expansion strategy on an ongoing basis

“This includes the rebuilding and adaptation of our stores to better serve their local customers, developing our multi-channel offer and choosing new IKEA locations. We are considering Cork as a potential location for IKEA, however we have nothing to confirm at this point in time.”