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 out multi-channel offer, opening news store in new locations and trialing new store formats.
Locations IKEA is considering for Expansion:
We are continually exploring potential locations across the country for our future expansion plans. Currently we are considering the following locations:
IKEA Greenwich PeninsulaIn 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 steps have been taken to secure the site ahead of dismantling works. 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 Calcot, ReadingIn 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 ExeterIn 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 now in the process of working towards proving detailed final designs to the Council for approval.
IKEA SheffieldIn 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.
Order and Collection PointsIn June 2015, IKEA announced plans to test three new, smaller retail formats in the UK. These Order and Collection Points are designed to bring the IKEA home furnishing range and expertise closer to customers who find themselves distant from a full-size IKEA store.
IKEA will explore slightly different Order and Collection Point formats in selected markets, using this as an opportunity to find out more about how customers want to shop with IKEA in these areas.
IKEA Order and Collection Point, Norwich
IKEA will open its first Order and Collection Point at Sweet Briar Retail Park, Norwich in Autumn 2015. The new format will act primarily as a planning studio, bridging the gap between online and in-store shopping, giving customers local access to knowledgeable co-workers, the product range and home furnishing ideas and inspiration.
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. The Norwich Order and Collection Point will feature a café and will have a limited range of products that customers can take home on the day.
IKEA Order and Collection Point, Aberdeen
IKEA will open a further Order and Collection Point at Wellington Circle, Aberdeen in Spring 2016.
The new format will act primarily as a planning studio, bridging the gap between online and in-store shopping, giving customers local access to knowledgeable co-workers, the product range and home furnishing ideas and inspiration.
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. The Aberdeen Order and Collection Point will feature a café and will have a limited range of products that customers can take home on the day.
We are looking for more than 30 co-workers to join our team. Click here to apply for a position (select ‘United Kingdom’ and ‘national’ when instructed).
Frequently asked questions:
When will these stores be open?
IKEA Reading will open in Spring 2016.
We have recently completed the purchase of the site for the IKEA Sheffield store, having finalised the legal process with Sheffield City Council earlier this year. We are now developing our detailed designs for the store and its operations.
How do I apply for a job?
We are currently looking for co-worker to join our teams in IKEA Reading and IKEA Aberdeen.
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 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.