IKEA Canada Announces Pick-Up and Order Point in Kitchener

Part of a coast-to-coast expansion plan making IKEA more accessible to Canadians    

BURLINGTON, ON, Nov. 24, 2015 /CNW/ - IKEA Canada announced today that they have secured a location in Kitchener, Ontario for their latest Pick-Up and Order Point at 130 Gateway Park Dr. The location, slated to open in spring 2016, will allow customers who have shopped online or at an IKEA store to pick up their products closer to where they live.

IKEA currently has 12 stores across Canada, an eCommerce virtual store, two Pick-Up and Order Point locations to open soon in Quebec City and London, Ontario, as well recently announcing Pick-Up and Order Points in St. Catharine's, Whitby and Windsor, Ontario. The company sees growth potential in opening Pick-Up and Order Points, whose format is part of a global test pilot in markets where there are currently no stores, and will ensure IKEA is accessible to more people, faster.

"Our ambition is to make IKEA more accessible to Canadians," said Stefan Sjöstrand, President, IKEA Canada. "The Pick-Up and Order Points allow IKEA to expand quickly into high-demand markets, so that we can get to our customers faster."

IKEA Canada recently announced expansion plans from coast to coast in new and existing cities and plans to double the number of Canadian stores over the next decade making IKEA more accessible to all Canadians.

The Pick-Up and Order Points will be one-tenth the size of IKEA stores, allowing customers the opportunity to interact with the IKEA brand in smart, new and convenient ways. The Kitchener location will reduce delivery times and costs for customers while at the same time delivering design ideas and services.

The new location will feature a home furnishing inspiration area as well as stations to support customers with their planning process. Additionally, customers will be able to buy services to support their purchases and sit at a computer station to browse and make online purchases from www.IKEA.ca.

"We welcome IKEA to Kitchener," said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. "As one of the world's most innovative companies, we know they will feel right at home in our community. With IKEA's focus on sustainability, having an IKEA store here means people will no longer need to leave Kitchener-Waterloo and drive long distances to experience one of the world's favourite brands, and that's good for our environment. That, coupled with bringing new jobs to our city will help ensure IKEA's success in our market."

"We are continually reviewing expansion opportunities in Canada and consider Kitchener a key market," continued Sjöstrand. "We look forward to serving the Kitchener community and creating new jobs for residents."

IKEA will be hiring roughly 30-35 co-workers to support the new Pick-Up and Order Point. Co-workers will be welcomed into an engaging environment with a strong focus on people and their professional growth. To learn more about the career opportunities visit www.IKEA.ca/careers.

About IKEA
IKEA is a leading home furnishing retailer with 361 stores in more than 50 countries worldwide, which are visited by 821 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores, an eCommerce virtual store and six newly announced Pick-Up and Order Points. Last year, IKEA Canada welcomed 25 million visitors to its stores and 75 million visitors to the IKEA.ca website. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit: www.IKEA.ca.


For further information: Stephanie Kerr, Corporate Press Officer, IKEA Canada, 905-637-9440 ext. 6378, stephanie.kerr@ikea.com


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