Home furnishing giant Ikea is to open a smaller store on the southside of Dublin this summer.
Hundreds of thousands of customers travel from all over the country to visit the Ballymun outlet on Dublin’s northside and the Belfast superstore.
According to the Swedish super retailer, the 15,000sq ft “order and collection point” off the M50 at Carrickmines will act primarily as a “a planning studio to plan and order more complex purchases such as kitchens, wardrobes, and sofas” but it will also include the popular Ikea room sets and will also have staff on hand to help with room planning and design. Its Ballymun outlet is 300,000sq ft.
Management at Ikea say this announcement is part of its expansion programme in Ireland and they plan to test other new ways of selling to customers.
Order and collection development manager Jack Jackson said customers travelling to the new Ikea outlet at Junction 15 will not be able to take the full Ikea product range home.
Ikea charges customers a home delivery fee of between €35 and €95 for those living in Dublin, but a flat fee of €120 is charged to customers outside the capital irrespective of the value of the goods.
“Customers at Carrickmines will be able to order from the full range available at the Ikea Dublin store for home delivery or for collection at the collection point.
“The Carrickmines order and collection point will be accessible via the Luas green line, through public bus service, and by vehicle with ample car parking facilities available,” he said.
In addition, a small range of products will be available for customers to take home on the day of their visit.
Fans of their acclaimed meatballs will not have to travel north on the M50 any more as the new outlet will also have “a small selection of take-home Swedish Food Market products”, including the meatballs.
Recruitment for a team of 30 workers has begun. Ikea is one of a small number of companies that pays a “living wage”, a salary over the minimum wage which is considered sufficient to maintain a normal standard of living.
In the year up to the end of August last year, Ikea Ireland increased its profit by 84% to €13.1m. Its turnover rose by 17% to approximately €132m.
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