Lon­don lands cov­eted Ikea store

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - NEWS - JANE SIMS

LON­DON — Get out your Allen keys — a full-sized Ikea store is coming to Lon­don.

The big-box re­tailer, famed for its easy-to-as­sem­ble fur­ni­ture and pop­u­lar cat­a­logue, said Thurs­day it’s open­ing a large store at High­way 401 and Welling­ton Road in 2019.

The move is an up­grade for Lon­don, a city where Ikea opened a pickup de­pot on Won­der­land Road last year, but which un­til now hadn’t made the cut for a reg­u­lar Ikea store, forc­ing its fans to drive long dis­tances to larger cen­tres.

Swedish-based Ikea said the 270,000-square-foot Lon­don store will take 14 to 16 months to build. Con­struc­tion will start next sum­mer and the store is sched­uled to open in fall 2019.

The store will em­ploy 100 to 150 peo­ple in ad­di­tion to those al­ready work­ing at the pickup de­pot.

Fea­tures will in­clude a show­room, mar­ket hall, restau­rant and chil­dren’s play fa­cil­ity.

Rooftop so­lar en­ergy pan­els, LED light­ing and a com­mit­ment to di­vert waste from the land­fill will be among the store’s green fea­tures, the com­pany said.

Ikea also will con­duct “home vis­its” dur­ing its plan­ning for the store, part of a mar­ket­ing strat­egy to in­ter­view cus­tomers about the prod­ucts they de­sire.

The Lon­don store will be Ikea’s 15th in Canada.

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Ikea's new Lon­don store, shown in this im­age pro­vided by Ikea Canada, will open in 2019 near Welling­ton Road and High­way 401.

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