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Swedish Furniture Giant IKEA Is Looking to Open in New Zealand

You may soon be able to stock up on budget-friendly coffee tables, chairs, beds and meatballs.
By Stephen Heard
December 20, 2018
By Stephen Heard
December 20, 2018

No longer will you need to cram wallet-friendly flatpack homewares in your check-in luggage, Swedish furniture giant is looking to launch in New Zealand. Inter IKEA Systems today announced its intentions to grant the Ingka Group exclusive rights to explore expansion opportunities in New Zealand.

The franchisee rights to a new country is given by Inter IKEA Systems. Today the cult flatpack furniture brand reaches 1.2 billion customers in more than 50 markets selling budget-friendly pieces like coffee tables, chairs, beds, homewares, prefabricated houses and meatballs. They are operated by 11 IKEA franchisees, with Ingka Group operating 367 stores in 30 markets around the world.

"We are happy to meet the wish from many people for IKEA to open in New Zealand and we aim to make IKEA fully accessible, including stores and ecommerce. We see this as a long-term commitment and investment in New Zealand, building relationships with customers, suppliers and future co-workers," says Tolga Öncü, Retail Operations Manager, Ingka Group.

In the beginning of 2019 Ingka Group will start sharing more information about their future operations in New Zealand.

Published on December 20, 2018 by Stephen Heard
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