Ikea on the way to NZ 'within months' – reports

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Relief could finally be in sight for fans of Swedish furniture giant Ikea, with reports the company will make its long-awaited move into New Zealand within months.

Australian chief executive Jan Gardberg​ said the company is on its way “in the next three to four months”, BusinessDesk reported on Friday.

“We have already the locations, the strategy, who we are doing the deals with, and so on,” Gardberg said.

Ikea has been approached for comment.

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The company has had its eye on the Kiwi market since adding New Zealand to its annual study of home life habits in 2018.

Ikea is on its way to New Zealand ‘in the next three to four months,’ according to reports. (File photo)

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Ikea is on its way to New Zealand ‘in the next three to four months,’ according to reports. (File photo)

In January 2019, it announced plans for a store in Auckland, expected to create up to 400 jobs once fully operational.

An update in February 2020 outlined plans for a full-sized Ikea store in the greater Auckland area, as well as a planning studio in Wellington and a second smaller-format store in Christchurch.

The small format stores can range in size and have already been rolled out in parts of the USA, Canada and its first was opened in Australia in 2019. The small format stores usually have only a partial range of the company’s designs, with bigger items not on display but available to order for delivery.

Ikea planning studios are smaller stores dedicated to kitchen and bedroom products.