- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

BROOKLYN, Ohio (AP) - Ikea has walked away from land in suburban Cleveland after spending more than a year studying the site for a potential store.

The Plain Dealer (http://goo.gl/JSNhGe ) reports that the company isn’t any closer to opening a store in the area.

The Swedish ready-to-assemble furniture chain previously had signed a purchase agreement on 16 acres in Brooklyn.

That land belongs to the newspaper’s corporate parent. The company’s study window ended Feb. 15, and Ikea opted to end negotiations after facing many environmental obstacles.

Ikea spokesman Joseph Roth says they were hopeful that it could be deemed developable for an Ikea store, but that doesn’t appear likely.

He says the company hasn’t lost interest in northeast Ohio but doesn’t have any Cleveland-area sites in mind.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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