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When is Ikea coming to New Zealand?

When is Ikea coming to New Zealand?

After years of speculation, in December 2018 it was confirmed: Swedish furniture store Ikea is opening in New Zealand. But exactly when is Ikea coming to New Zealand? We go in search of the answer.

When is Ikea coming to New Zealand?

Late last year Ikea’s worldwide franchise holder Inter Ikea Systems announced it was looking at entering the New Zealand market, with reports that a greenfields site of 5ha-plus was in the pipeline (or should we say flatpack). Several months on, we look into exactly when is Ikea coming to New Zealand and where the proposed mega-store will be located.

In a statement, the retail operations manager for Ingka Group Tolga Oncu said the company is happy to meet the wish of many New Zealanders for Ikea to open here. “We aim to make IKEA fully accessible, including stores and e-commerce. We see this as a long-term commitment and investment in New Zealand, building relationships with customers, suppliers and future co-workers.”

When is Ikea coming to New Zealand?

While no specific details were revealed, the classic big-box store will be coming in the “next few years” according to the statement.

However, with the recent announcement that American retailer Costco will be coming to New Zealand, speculation about when and where the Swedish furniture store will be located in the country is rife. In June, Costco said that it will launch its store at Westgate – possibly ruling out the location for Ikea.

What we do know is that Ikea is coming to Auckland first, followed by the South Island – and it’s bringing its famous meatballs, and up to 400 jobs, according to Stuff.

New Zealand’s biggest mall owner, Westfield, is currently constructing a mega-mall in the Auckland suburb on Newmarket with “premium fashion” and “aspirational fashion” is listed on its floor plans along with valet parking, fresh food market, cafe court, and an urban youth zone. Given that the mall is set to open later this year, and that according to Westfiled, announcements of more stores still to come, there is speculation that the Ikea meatballs may be included in the mix.

When is Ikea coming to New Zealand

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Pop-up store

Until the official opening, Ikea will open a pop-up shop in central Auckland. “It does take time to build a truly big blue and yellow iconic Ikea store, it will take a number of years to get the full offer up and running but we don’t want to keep people waiting,” Ikea’s New Zealand manager, Will Edwards told Stuff earlier this year.

“Planning is underway for a location of the store and pop-up store. More information will be shared when we have more concrete plans,” the Ikea New Zealand says.

There are 367 Ikea stores in 30 different countries, including Malaysia, Taiwan and Australia, and soon Kiwis can look forward to access to 7000 products from the brand. 

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