Last few days for Wanstead branch of Ikea

The Wanstead branch of Ikea, which is technically in Edmonton, has just two weeks left before it closes – with an uncertain future for what will take its place.

The Swedish company decided to close the branch following the rise in online sales, and also said the local council’s plan to increase the number of houses in the ‘Meridian Water’ development influenced its decision – though that logic is not immediately clear.

But from many a Wanstead Billy Bookcase owner come the thanks to the 450 staff who will be losing their jobs.