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.

Steve Pettyfer, Deputy Property Manager IKEA UK&IE said: “We are delighted that the Royal Borough of Greenwich has supported our outline planning application for an IKEA store on the Greenwich Peninsular. It recognises the significant contribution an IKEA store will bring to the local economy. 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 now look forward to submitting our final plans for approval.”

View full details of the planning application here

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. Whilst we have been making preparations to the site, it is too early to say when the store will be open and at present we do not have a confirmed opening date.

View full details of the planning application here.

IKEA Exeter

In October 2013 we submitted an outline planning application for a new IKEA store and up to 220 new homes on land adjacent to the A379 and Newcourt Way in Exeter. In January 2014 Exeter City Council made a recommendation to grant outline planning consent for our plans for an IKEA store in Exeter, Devon. We will now continue to develop the full design details for the store before submitting our final plans for approval.

Gillian Drakeford, Country Manager for IKEA UK & Ireland said: “We are delighted that Exeter City Council has supported our outline planning application for an IKEA store. It recognises the significant contribution an IKEA store will bring to the local economy. 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 now look forward to submitting our final plans for approval.”

View full details of the planning application here

Read about housing plans here

IKEA Sheffield

In May 2013 we submitted a planning application for a new IKEA store in Sheffield next to Meadowhall Retail Park.

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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