Ikea wants to open a click and collect store in central Oslo.
The new store could open within Ring 3 already before September next year.
”Ikea Furuset needs relief now. We see that an Ikea service & pick-up point in central Oslo is the way to go, says communication manager at Ikea Norway, Jan Christian Thommesen.
“Ikea service & pick-up point” is a hybrid of a department store and an online store. The concept from Spain has been further developed in a temporary store in Tromsø in Norway and a more permanent in Jyväskylä in Finland this year. In January another one will open in Ålesund. Now Ikea goes for the larger city Oslo.
”The project in Tromsø is going very well, but the situation is of course a totally different here where we have two warehouses next town. Therefore, we are excited about how this will catch on,” says Jan Christian Thommesen.
The goal in Norway is to triple e-commerce trade in five years.
”Many people who live in central Oslo has no car, and prefer to shop in the surrounding area or on-line. Simultaneously Ikea wants to increase the capacity of the stores on Furuset and Slependen. We are working on a solution for both stores, but it can take time. Ikea Furuset needs relief now. We see that an Ikea service & pick-up point in central Oslo is the way to go,” says Jan Christian Thommesen in a release to Norwegian media.
The Swedish furniture giant hopes to move into a new facility within the ring 3 during the coming summer. The company is in search of a local that is about 2,000 square meters.
”We hope that we can open as early as next year.”