Ikea plans to open physical locations across New Zealand

In early 2019, Ikea revealed it wanted to set up shop on our shores.
In early 2019, Ikea revealed it wanted to set up shop on our shores. Photo credit: Reuters.

Swedish retail giant Ikea is planning to open three "customer touchpoints" in New Zealand, including its first full-sized store in the country which is coming to Auckland.

In early 2019, Ikea revealed it wanted to set up shop on our shores, a move that's highly anticipated by some New Zealanders. 

On Friday, Ikea announced that while the exact locations are not confirmed, there are plans to open three physical locations spread across the country. 

In addition to the full-sized store in the Greater Auckland area, a planning studio is planned to open in Wellington and a second smaller-format store will open in Christchurch.

Country retail manager for Ikea New Zealand, Jan Gardberg, said the company is looking forward to opening in Aotearoa and will release details soon.

"While planning has been underway, we have also been getting to know more about life at home in New Zealand," said Goldberg. 

"Each year Ikea conducts Life at Home Research, the largest, most comprehensive and longest-running global investigation into topics relating to peoples' life at home."

In 2018 Ikea added New Zealand to this study.

It found that in New Zealand, 65 percent of people say privacy is important to achieve time and space for activities that enable personal growth; while 74 percent agree that privacy is important to our wellbeing.

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