Ikea announced the opening of a new distribution center in Ontario, Canada. The 397,000-sq.-ft. warehouse will allow the Swedish furniture retailer to have better access to Canadian customers. The distribution center will fulfill orders from e-commerce and four Toronto stores.
"It is an exciting time for Ikea in Canada as we become even closer to our customers than ever before, today's grand opening is the first step in truly transforming Ikea into a true multifunctional retailer," said Stefan Sjöstrand, president, Ikea Canada.
Over the next 10 years, Ikea plans to double its stores in Canada, where it currently has 12 locations. Growth plans in the country also include pick-up and order points, increased service officers, improved e-commerce interface and an optimized distribution network.
The newest distribution center will employ 200 workers.
In total, Ikea has 375 stores in 50 countries. Earlier this month the retailer announced it would open its first store in India by 2017. Ikea has been developing unique concepts for different cultures. For example, last year it launched a new 26,900-sq.ft. micro location in the United Arab Emirates.
-See this Ikea press release
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