Love it or hate it, Ikea has had a big impact on Bristol since it’s opening 20 years ago.
It only seemed like the other day that the massive Scandinavian store was being opened, after years of controversy about it being built in the first place in a £19million property deal with Eastville Stadium, the former home of Bristol Rovers.
But a look at these pictures from the early days of Ikea show just how much fashions and technology have changed over those 20 years.
Gone are the grey computers and the dodgy-looking mobile phones as well as some ‘choice’ pieces of furniture.
But the chain has proven to be an enormously popular destination for anyone doing up their homes and for students filling out their first digs over the last two decades by keeping to set ideas.
And it shows, with many everyday staples we see in Ikea nowadays actually being present 20 years ago such as their canteen and famous meatballs as well as some key low cost but trendy furniture.
While their were of course reservations and protests over the building of the 200,000 sq ft structure and car park in 1998, it did not stop large queues forming on its opening day a year later.
It was the firm’s ninth store since first trading in the UK in 1990.
Around 350 jobs were created by the building with warehouse operatives earning £5.22 an hour back then and customer support assistants were on £4 an hour.
Enjoy this trip back down memory lane at what people were shopping for at Ikea 20 years ago.
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