IKEA scraps plans to build London store

Marco Green
June 3, 2020

IKEA announced Tuesday it's scrapping all plans of opening a permanent store in London, making the iconic brand available online only or at a store east on the 401.

"We had previously announced that we would delay the London store project as we evaluated the best solution for the site".

In late January, Ikea also closed its pickup store on Wonderland Road that opened in 2015.

"We have now made the hard decision to no longer pursue the acquisition of land in London", IKEA spokesperson Kristin Newbigging wrote in an email to CBC.

The announcement also comes almost five months after Ikea Canada closed the doors of its five remaining pickup and order point locations in Kitchener, London, St. Catharines, Whitby and Windsor. It confirmed it had a purchase agreement for that site.

Citing a rapidly-evolving retail landscape, Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA has decided not to build a location in London. The two B.C. locations were reopened on June 1, alongside a store in Halifax, N.S.

"As we reopen our store locations, our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our co-workers, customers and communities", said Michael Ward, CEO and chief sustainability officer for Ikea Canada, in a news release.

The nearest Ikea to London is in Burlington.

Newbigging said, looking forward, Ikea Canada will focus on "enhancing our digital tools, improving our local service offer and introducing new, more affordable ways to shop with Ikea".

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