IKEA Preston opening update as company confirms Christmas situation

The Swedish retailer announced plans to open three new stores in October

The new Preston store will be at Deepdale Retail Park (Image: PA)

Much-loved home retailer IKEA has issued an update on the opening of its first store in Lancashire.

In October, the Swedish homeware giant announced plans to open three plan and order points in the North West in Aintree, Stockport and Preston this winter. Plan and order points provide customers with a free, bespoke design consultation with experienced IKEA kitchen and bedroom storage experts.

The store at Aintree Racecourse Retail Park has already opened but the outlets in Stockport and Preston – to be at Deepdale Retail Park in Blackpool Road – have not yet seen customers walk through their doors.

A spokesperson for IKEA told LancsLive on Monday (December 19) that an opening date is yet to be confirmed for the Preston store. While no date was given, they did confirm that sadly it would not be before Christmas.

They said: “Currently we do not have a planned opening date for the Plan & Order Point in Preston, but as soon as we have, we’ll share this with you. It will not be this side of Christmas.”

The first IKEA store in the UK opened in Warrington 30 years ago followed by a second store in Ashton-under-Lyne. There are now 21 IKEA stores across the UK.

Although much smaller than a standard IKEA store, the plan and order outlets will be packed with information, samples, tools and specialist knowledge needed to plan a kitchen or bedroom storage solution. There will be no products to take away or food for sale on site.

Instead, customer orders can be placed and be transported to the customer’s home or made available for collection to another convenient point of delivery. In September announced the launch of several ‘Collect near you’ points, located within select Tesco carparks in close proximity of the new order points, enabling faster, cheaper and more sustainable customer deliveries.

IKEA has also invested in online and in-home planning services which enable customers to either plan their kitchen or bedroom together with an IKEA co-worker online, or have a co-worker come to their home and plan it from there.

In 2018, the retailer pulled the plug on plans for a first of its kind Lancashire IKEA on the edge of the M65 and M6 interchange, close to Bamber Bridge. As the furniture giant pulled out of the £36 million project, the site has since remained vacant.

  • 16:47, 19 DEC 2022

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