IKEA today announced the Swedish home retailer giant it will reopen 19 stores across England and Northern Ireland with Click & Collect facilities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland also opening in a phased approach.
Peter Jelkeby, UK&IE Country CEO and CSO, said: “We’re looking forward to warmly welcoming customers and co-workers back into our stores.
“Their health and safety remains our top priority, and that’s why we’ve put in place extensive measures to ensure the safety and comfort of customers and co-workers.
“While the experience might be a little different to before – it’s the same IKEA, with the vision to “create a better everyday life for the many people”, and the ambition to inspire people through our brilliant affordable range and home furnishing advice.
“Throughout lockdown, we’ve had the unique privilege of being a part of people’s everyday lives at home, and we’re committed to continuing doing whatever we can to support our customers and co-workers on this next part of the journey we take together.”
Which IKEA shops are opening?
There are 19 IKEA stores reopening as of June 1.
In line with Government guidelines, stores in Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland will remain closed.
- IKEA closes ALL stores in UK and Ireland due to coronavirus outbreak
You can find the full list here:
East of England:
North West and NI:
South East :
- Milton Keynes
IKEA voluntarily closed its stores in March to ensure customer and co-worker safety.
Earlier this month, reports from the Dialy Mail suggested the furniture giant was planning to reopen all 22 UK stores from mid-May.
However, with the Government recently issuing updated advice on the UK lockdown, IKEA did not confirm exactly when the company plans to open its UK stores.
Now the firm has decided to reopen, drawing on new Government guidance around social distancing to ensure the safety of both staff and customers.
IKEA has implemented a series of enhanced safety measures, which include:
IKEA also says planning services – such as designing your new kitchen – will only be available online.
All play areas will remain closed, as will the customer restaurant.
The Swedish Food Market will be open, however, with the Bistro offering a takeaway service.
Cash will be prohibited with all payments require to be made using contactless payments options, such as by card and contactless.
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