IKEA has unveiled plans for a $50m remodeling scheme in Britain, which includes plans to remodel the bathrooms of up to 200 homes.
The move comes as a backlash over the “bathroom tax” has been mounting and IKEa is facing a boycott from many businesses over the tax.
IKEAs British HQ is the latest company to respond to the controversy by saying it would not move to Britain and would instead relocate its HQ to the US.
In a statement, IKEas UK director of global public relations, Joanne Taylor, said: “The IKEAHASH (International House Furnishings) project is designed to create a new, more sustainable way of using and using energy in Britain.”
She said the project would create 1,000 new jobs.
The project, which is due to start later this year, will create 1.6 million square metres of office space, and is expected to be completed by 2019.
Ikea is already the UK’s largest home furnishings company.
In the US, Walmart and Target have announced they will both move their headquarters to the UK by 2019 and that they will invest $1bn in a new facility in London.