HAMBURG. Voters in the Hamburg district of Altona have given a green light to furniture giant Ikea's plans to open a full scale inner-city outlet in a pedestrian district, reports German daily Hamburger Abendblatt.
As we wrote yesterday, the Swedish retailer plans to open its first ever “City Ikea” in Hamburg. There have been widespread protests against the plans from people who fear traffic gridlock in the area. But a referendum held this week gave a strong “yes” for Ikea. According to Hamburger Abendblatt, 77 percent of voters were positive to the plans (62,421 voters voted yes, 18,480 voted no).