No, IKEA is not exactly a secret, we’ll grant you that. But since Manchester is pretty wild for Billy bookcases and Huvudroll (or more better known as their infamous meatballs), we thought it only right to update you with their exciting new opening in Stockport. Bringing home furnishings to the south of Greater Manchester, the new IKEA location in Stockport means schlepping east to Ashton-under-Lyne or west to Warrington for all your kitchen and bedroom needs could be a thing of the past.
The first IKEA store in the UK opened in Warrington 30 years ago and was later followed by a store in Ashton-under-Lyne, but this winter will see IKEA make its mark in another three North West locations. IKEA has announced its expansion plan for the North West of England, starting with three new Plan & Order Points located in Stockport, as well as Aintree and Preston, and an expanded service offering.
As a complement to the bigger IKEA stores, the Plan & Order Points will provide customers with a free, bespoke design consultation with experienced IKEA kitchen and bedroom storage experts. The focus will be on bespoke kitchen and wardrobe designs, although customers will be able to get help planning any room in their home. The exact locations of the units are yet to be announced but will be located in retail parks and shopping centres and sized between 70–90 sqm, showcase around five kitchen and wardrobe solutions as well as having a consultation area.
Although much smaller than a standard IKEA store, the units will be packed with information, samples, tools and specialist knowledge needed to plan a kitchen or bedroom storage solution (and you’re less likely to get lost around this one). There will be no products to take away or food for sale on site, so you’ll still need to go to Ashton-under-Lyne for your meatball fix.
Alongside the new openings, IKEA is expanding its fulfilment network in the area. Last month, they announced the launch of several ‘Collect near you’ points, located within select Tesco carparks in close proximity of the new Plan & Order points, enabling faster, cheaper and more sustainable customer deliveries. Customers will be able to shop at the new IKEA Plan & Order Points, including the Stockport location, when they open this Winter.