Swedish home furniture retailer IKEA has inaugurated its first distribution centre in Ireland.

Located in Rathcoole, Dublin, the new 27,000m² facility has a storage capacity of 20,000m³. 

It can stock 9,000 different product lines across almost every product in the retailer’s range. 

The multi-million facility, which employs 200 people, will reduce delivery times in Ireland to just three days – one of the shortest in Europe. 

IKEA anticipates that the distribution centre will handle more than 300,000 deliveries in its first year, with the potential to double to 600,000 within five years.  

The long-term goal is to deliver up to three million items annually.  

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IKEA deliveries to Irish customers were previously dispatched from the UK. 

The development follows IKEA’s investments in six plan and order points, upgrades to its Ballymun store and a collaboration with Tesco Ireland to offer an affordable collection service. 

IKEA Ireland and UK country customer fulfilment manager Jakob Bertilsson said: “The opening of Ireland’s first IKEA distribution centre will greatly benefit our customers through faster and more reliable deliveries. It marks a key step in our ambitious expansion plans across Ireland. 

“We remain committed to – and are continually investing in – the future of our physical store in Dublin, but we want people to enjoy the IKEA experience no matter where they choose to engage with us, whether through our full-size store, plan and order points, or online. This new distribution centre will greatly enable this, by increasing availability of our products and reducing lead times.” 

The Rathcoole distribution centre also improves sustainability, with an A2 Building Energy Rating and eco-friendly features such as rainwater harvesting and solar panels.  

The company is transitioning to zero-emission home deliveries, aiming to reduce CO₂ emissions significantly. 

From 17 April 2024, customers with Dublin Eircodes began receiving their home deliveries via zero-emission vehicles.  

The company has pledged that by August 2025, all deliveries across Ireland will be made with these vehicles.