June 16, 2016

Ikea to expand warehouses of Calgary and Edmonton stores with $28m investment

Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea is to expand its warehouses at its Calgary and Edmonton stores in Alberta province of Canada with a $28m investment.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea is to expand its warehouses at its Calgary and Edmonton stores in Alberta province of Canada with a $28m investment.

An average of 29,000ft² of space will be added to each of the existing warehouses.

Starting next month, these projects will support approximately 270 construction jobs in the province and lead to new positions at the Edmonton store.

"With sales increasing at both locations, there is a need to expand our warehouses to better serve our valued customers in Alberta."

Ikea Canada president Stefan Sjöstrand said: "We are working diligently to provide our customers from coast-to-coast with an easier and more convenient shopping experience.

"With sales increasing at both locations, there is a need to expand our warehouses to better serve our valued customers in Alberta."

The expansion projects will be complete by next year.

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The investment is part of Ikea’s strategy to double its presence in Canada by 2025. Ikea Canada has 12 stores, an e-commerce virtual store, and pick-up and order points in Quebec City, Quebec and London, Whitby, St. Catharines, Kitchener and Windsor, Ontario.

IKEA currently has 375 stores in more than 50 countries.

It recently announced plans to open a 13th store in Halifax, Nova Scotia in late next year.