Expansion in the UK

At IKEA our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.

In the ever changing, fast-paced retail environment we want to provide our customers with a more simple convenient and enjoyable shopping experience both online and in-store. We also want to make IKEA accessible to many more people in the UK. To achieve this, our expansion plans include rebuilding existing stores to improve the shopping experience, developing our multi-channel offer, opening news store in new locations and trialling new store formats.
IKEA UK expansion

Locations under construction

IKEA Reading

In July 2015, IKEA received final approvals from West Berkshire Council on plans for a new IKEA store in Calcot, Reading. The plans for the store see the redevelopment of the derelict site at Pincents Lane to provide, a brand new, modern IKEA store that offers a range of high quality home furnishing solution at low prices, with a restaurant, Swedish food market and parking facilities.

Construction of the new store began in July 2015 and the store is expected to open in summer 2016. To find out more about IKEA Reading visit our local store page.

IKEA Birmingham Central Order and Collection Point

IKEA Birmingham Central Order and Collection Point will be located at Dale End in Birmingham City Centre and is expected to open in summer 2016.

Acting primarily as a planning studio to plan and order more complex purchases such as kitchens, wardrobes and sofas, IKEA Birmingham Central Order and Collection Point will also feature the much-loved IKEA room sets providing inspiration and ideas for the home, and expert co-workers offering home furnishing knowledge and advice.

Customers will be able to speak with home furnishing experts for advice and support with making more complex purchases such as kitchens or wardrobes. There will also be the opportunity to view products and collect orders made in the store.

IKEA Westfield Stratford City Order and Collection Point

IKEA Westfield Stratford City Order and Collection Point, expected to open in summer 2016, is a new format for IKEA and it has been designed to bring the IKEA home furnishing range and expertise closer to more customers.

Acting primarily as a planning studio to plan and order more complex purchases such as kitchens, wardrobes and sofas, IKEA Westfield Stratford City Order and Collection Point will also feature the much-loved IKEA room sets providing inspiration and ideas for the home and expert co-workers offering home furnishing knowledge and advice.

IKEA Dublin Carrickmines Order and Collection Point

IKEA Dublin Carrickmines Order and Collection Point will be located in The Park, Carrickmines and is expected to open in summer 2016. This is a new format for IKEA and it has been designed to bring the IKEA home furnishing range and expertise closer to more customers.

Acting primarily as a planning studio to plan and order more complex purchases such as kitchens, wardrobes and sofas, the new Order and Collection Point will also feature the much-loved IKEA room sets providing inspiration and ideas for the home and expert co-workers, offering home furnishing knowledge and advice.

Locations under development


We are continually exploring potential locations across the country for our future expansion plans. Currently we are considering the following locations:

IKEA Exeter

In January 2014, Exeter City Council made a recommendation to grant outline planning consent for a new IKEA store and up to 220 new homes on land adjacent to the A379 and Newcourt Way in Exeter, Devon.

We are currently developing our detailed designs for the store. Once these designs are completed we will provide these to Exeter City Council for approval.

IKEA Greenwich

In March 2014, the Royal Borough of Greenwich made a recommendation to grant outline planning consent for our plans for an IKEA store on Bugsby's Way, providing a significant new sustainable development on the Greenwich Peninsular and creating up to 400 job opportunities for local people.

IKEA received ownership of the site in September 2015 and works to dismantle the current building on site was initiated end of February 2016. We continue to develop our detailed designs for the store and expect to submit our final plans for the store to Greenwich Council in autumn 2016. This is to allow enough time for us to develop plans that represent the very best IKEA store for Greenwich.

IKEA Sheffield

In June 2014, Sheffield City Council made a recommendation to grant planning consent for a new IKEA store off Sheffield Road, next to the Meadowhall Retail Park. The decision recognises the significant contribution an IKEA store will bring to the local economy and jobs market.

In early 2015, IKEA received the consent for the Sheffield store, having finalised the legal process with the Council. We will now continue to work with the City Council and Highways Agency to develop detailed designs for the highways works, which need to be completed before the store can open.

Frequently asked questions:

When will these stores and Order and Collection Points be open?

  • IKEA Birmingham Central Order and Collection Point will open in summer 2016.
  • IKEA Westfield Stratford City Order and Collection Point will open in summer 2016.
  • IKEA Dublin Carrickmines Order and Collection Point will open in summer 2016.
  • IKEA Reading will open on 14th July 2016.
  • For IKEA Greenwich and IKEA Exeter we are still in the planning process and are working towards providing detailed final designs to the Councils for approval. It is too early to say when these stores will open.
  • For IKEA Sheffield we are working to discharge all the necessary planning conditions to allow us to start on site. It is too early to say when this store will open.

How do I apply for a job?

We are currently recruiting co-workers to join our IKEA Reading team.

Click here to apply for a position (select ‘United Kingdom’ and ‘national’ when instructed)

For all other stores, it is too early to recruit for positions at the moment. However all jobs will be advertised here on the IKEA website as soon as available. Find out about positions that are currently available in other IKEA stores and what it’s like to work with us here.


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