Ikea to open On­tario store in 2019 as it grows pres­ence

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - BUSINESS -

VAN­COU­VER - Ikea Canada is ready­ing to open a new store in Lon­don, Ont., in the fall of 2019 af­ter the suc­cess of a pickup and or­der point it op­er­ates in the city.

The flat-pack fur­ni­ture re­tailer says it plans to be­gin con­struc­tion on the 270,000-square­foot store in the south­west­ern On­tario city late next sum­mer. A smaller-scale Ikea shop and on­line or­der hub in Lon­don will be closed fol­low­ing the open­ing of the full-size store, which the re­tailer says will cre­ate 100 to 150 jobs.

Ikea Canada pres­i­dent Mar­sha Smith says on­line or­der hubs are one way the com­pany tests a pos­si­ble mar­ket op­por­tu­nity. Smith says Ikea had great suc­cess with it in Lon­don and while the plan for a store may have al­ready been in place, that good re­cep­tion helped the de­ci­sion.

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