Home furnishing company IKEA today revealed plans for its new Order and Collection Point in Aberdeen as it begins recruitment of the new store team.
The Order and Collection Point, expected to open in Spring 2016, is a new and unique format for IKEA and has been designed to bring the IKEA home furnishing range and expertise closer to customers who find themselves distant from a full-size IKEA store.
Acting primarily as a planning studio to plan and order more complex purchases such as kitchens, wardrobes and sofas, IKEA Aberdeen 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 Order and Collection Development Manager, Jack Jackson said: “We are really excited to be bringing this unique new format to Aberdeen. We know that today customers in the area shop with us online but they have to travel a considerable distance to our Edinburgh or Glasgow stores to see and try out our products or get advice from our co-workers. The Order and Collection Point is a fantastic opportunity to connect all the ways you can shop with us in one place, right here in Aberdeen.”
IKEA Aberdeen will not carry the full product range to take home but customers will be able to order from the full range for home delivery or for collection at the collection point. In addition a small range of the ‘markethall’ items will be available for customers to take home on the day of their visit.
A specialty café with free WiFi and small selection of take-home Swedish Food Market products, including frozen meatballs, will complete the offer.
Recruitment for a team of 30 multi-skilled co-workers has now begun. Mr Jackson adds: “As a values-based company, it’s not necessarily about the qualifications you bring but rather that you have the right attitude and share our passion for home furnishing and customer service.”
The new store will be located at Wellington Circle, Aberdeen, and is expected to open in Spring 2016, subject to final approvals.
As part of its expansion plans to make IKEA more accessible to many more people, the company is testing a number of similar Order and Collection Points across the UK. The first Order and Collection Point will open in Norwich later this Autumn.