IKEA Rule Out Little Island Store

Seamus Whelehan


Swedish store IKEA have dispelled rumours that they are about to open a third Irish store.
There has been intense speculation that the company has shown interest in acquiring the Little Island Mail Centre when it closes next year.
The furniture giant, however, says they have no plans to open any additional outlets in Ireland at present.
The business say they plan to focus on future investment “developing its flagship store in Ballymun, the Order and Collection Point in Carrickmines, and its shop online service.”
Last year the firm was rumoured to have been in discussions with Cork County Council in a bid to locate their super store near Carrigtwohill, but remained tight lipped.
The Company opened their first store on the island of Ireland in 2007 in East Belfast, followed later by the Ballymun store in 2009.
In 2016 IKEA opened an Order and Collect service in Carrickmines and a year later offered an online shopping arm, in order to make it products more accessible to the Irish public.
In a statement to the East Cork Journal a company spokesperson said “IKEA Ireland, the market leader in the home furnishings sector, is experiencing continued growth both in store and, more recently, online…. IKEA has no plans to open any additional stores in Ireland at present.”
They said “our growth strategy is focused on investing in an IKEA that is here for people, whenever and wherever they need us. This means IKEA Ireland will focus future investment on developing its flagship store in Ballymun, the Order & Collection Point in Carrickmines and its shop online service, in order to make IKEA products more accessible to people throughout Ireland.”
Over the last years IKEA Ireland reported annual sales of €181.5 million.