IKEA has opened a Plan & Order Point in Stockport, Greater Manchester – a smaller store, dedicated to kitchen and bedroom planning, where customers can receive home furnishing advice and design expertise.
The Plan & Order Point is situated in the Merseyway Shopping Centre and spans over 71 sqm.
Michael Parker, area manager, IKEA UK, says: “Our investment in the North West is part of our long-term plan to transform our retail business, continuing to make it easier for people to enjoy what IKEA offers using a variety of convenient ways. The North West is a key region for us, being home to over seven million people, and also being the place that IKEA first opened a UK store, 35 years ago in Warrington.
“This new Plan & Order Point, along with one already open in Aintree, Merseyside, and another soon to open in Preston, will allow customers to get inspiration and expert advice in convenient locations closer to where they live. Together with our existing stores in Ashton-under-Lyne and Warrington, remote planning and different delivery and collection services, we’re enabling an IKEA that’s there for our customers, however they want to meet us.”
The new store has been designed based on insights around how people in Greater Manchester want their kitchens to be brought to life. Customers can book an appointment to start their design journey with one of IKEA’s planning specialists or use the in-store self-service tools to design their own solution. Staff will also be on hand to help customers order products from the full IKEA range, for delivery direct to their home or nearest collection point.
Cllr Malcolm Allan, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources at Stockport Council, says: “Whilst many high streets are in decline, businesses are seeing Stockport as a place that is growing and expanding, and a great place to be. That sort of recognition is something of an endorsement, especially from an organisation of IKEA’s calibre and reputation. Our ambitious £1b regeneration programme is attracting a diverse mix of businesses to the town and they will be followed by a wide range of customers who have increasing reasons to visit Stockport."