Ikea signs deal to open first New Zealand store


Ikea New Zealand has signed a deal to buy 3.2 hectares of land for a store at Auckland’s Sylvia Park shopping mall.

Ikea New Zealand chief executive Mirja Viinanen said while the Covid-19 pandemic had presented unforeseen challenges and developments, the intention had always been for it to enter the New Zealand market “in a good way”.

As well as the physical store, it would also offer online shopping and delivery across New Zealand, she said.

The Scandinavian chain is the world’s largest home furnishing retailer with more than 400 stores in 50 countries.

New Zealanders have only been able to get their hands on the flat-pack furniture items through importers.

The move to open in New Zealand has been on the cards for Ikea since the country was added to its annual study of home life habits in 2018.

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