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Ikea stops selling alcohol at Swedish restaurants

Global flat-pack furniture giant Ikea is in the midst of clearing out all the alcoholic beverages from shelves in the restaurants at its Swedish stores, after alcohol sales dwindled.“It’s a gradual phase-out. We stopped stocking up at the same rate at the beginning of this year and will keep on selling until we run out,” Anna Pilkrona Godden, a spokeswoman for Ikea Sweden, confirmed to The Local on Thursday.

“There’s no other reason for it than the fact that there wasn’t a great demand for alcohol and we choose to listen to our customers,” she said, saying that there have been no alcohol-related incidents to prompt the move.

Godden said the decision to get rid of alcohol at its restaurants purely applies to Sweden at this stage.

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