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. As such, we are reviewing our expansion strategy on an ongoing basis, while ensuring that as we grow we secure the culture, values and business approach that make us unique and help us to contribute positively to the communities where we operate.
IKEA UK expansion

It is important that we continue to take a measured approach to our expansion to ensure that our operations in each local community are sustainable in the long-term and can continue to provide the expected benefits in terms of jobs creation, regeneration and a great shopping experience. This measured approach can take many forms, includes the rebuilding and adaptation of our stores to better serve their local customers, developing our multi-channel offer and choosing new IKEA locations.

Current & proposed locations for IKEA stores:

IKEA stores

Locations IKEA is considering for Expansion:

IKEA Greenwich Peninsula

In January 2014, we submitted an outline planning application for a new IKEA store in Greenwich. The Bugsby’s Way site is currently occupied by Sainsbury’s foodstore and the former Comet store. Sainsbury’s has announced plans to relocate to a nearby site at Gallions Road.

In March 2014, the Royal Borough of Greenwich made a recommendation to grant outline planning consent for our plans for an IKEA store in Greenwich, providing a significant new sustainable development on the Greenwich Peninsular and creating up to 400 job opportunities for local people. We will now continue to develop the full design details for the store before submitting our final plans for approval.

IKEA Calcot, Reading

In April 2012, West Berkshire Council resolved to grant planning consent for a new IKEA store at Pincents Lane Retail Park, Calcot, redeveloping a number of derelict and rundown retail and leisure units and creating up to 400 new jobs.

The three existing tenants vacated the site in January 2014 and work began to dismantle these superstructures. Demolition works on the site were completed in June 2014. We are extremely pleased that during the demolition, 97 per cent of construction waste was recycled, which means than over 3,000 tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill. This achievement represents an important first step in our plans to build a sustainable new store.

We are currently working with the Highways Agency and West Berkshire Council on road improvement design work, which forms part of our proposals, and at present we do not have a confirmed opening date.

View full details of the planning application here.

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.

Following the recommendation of our plans, we have been working closely with Exeter City Council to tie up the legal agreements needed to allow them to issue the planning consent for the site. Once the planning consent is issued we will work towards providing detailed final design to the Council for approval.

View full details of the planning application here

Read about the housing plans here

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.

Commenting on the recommendation, Steve Pettyfer, Deputy Property manager, IKEA UK and Ireland said: “We are delighted that the Sheffield City Council has supported our decision to come to Sheffield. It recognises the significant contribution an IKEA store will bring to the local economy and jobs market. We considered the various comments raised by local residents to ensure that our proposals met the needs of both IKEA and the surrounding community. We look forward to the issuing of the planning consent so we can begin working on detailed plans for the development.”

Once the planning consent is issued we will work with the Highways Agency to develop detailed designs for the highways works, which forms part of the proposals and will need to be completed before the store is able to open. For this reason, it is too early to say when a store will open.

View full details of the planning application here

Frequently asked questions:

When will these stores be open?

Right now it’s too early to say.
In the case of Reading we are continuing to make preparations for the start of the development but as yet do not have a confirmed opening date.
For Sheffield and Exeter we are still in the planning process and await a decision from both Councils on our application.

How do I apply for a job?

It is too early to recruit for positions at the moment, however jobs will be advertised around three months before a store is due to open. All jobs will be advertised here on the IKEA website. Find out about positions that are currently available in other IKEA stores and what it’s like to work with us here.

What are your other plans for expanding in the UK?

We are reviewing our expansion strategy on an ongoing basis, while ensuring that as we grow we secure the culture, values and business approach that make us unique and help us to contribute positively to the communities where we operate.
It is important that we continue to take a measured approach to our expansion to ensure that our operations in each local community are sustainable in the long-term and can continue to provide the expected benefits in terms of jobs creation, regeneration and a great shopping experience. This measured approach can take many forms, includes the rebuilding and adaptation of our stores to better serve their local customers, developing our multi-channel offer and choosing new IKEA locations.
At this point in time we have no further locations or information to share.

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