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'Coronation Street' studio to become IKEA office?

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Coronation Street's current studio will reportedly be turned into IKEA's new European HQ.

ITV has sold the Granada Studios building, where Corrie's internal scenes and other shows are filmed, to the Swedish furniture firm, according to The People.

A general view of the Rovers Return Inn on the set of Coronation Street

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The external set, where the show's famous cobbles lie, will be sold to private investors when the soap relocates to MediaCityUK this autumn.

IKEA's property division Landprop announced that it is "deeply excited" to ­become the owner of the 120-acre site in Manchester city centre.

A Corrie source said: "IKEA are in final talks to buy the studios. It is a massive space and would be the biggest IKEA in the world.

New Coronation Street set under construction at Media City, Salford, Britain

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The new Coronation Street set under construction



"The issue now is what happens to the cobbles. Sadly there have been no takers to keep the Street as it is."

It had been hoped the nearby Manchester Museum of Science and Industry would take over the site.

"You would be able to see it from the building, but this is not going to happen," the insider added. "Several private investors are in line to buy the space.

"When that happens, it will be the end of the Street. The fans will be devastated. There is so much history there." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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