Hundreds queue as IKEA reopens 19 stores as lockdown restrictions ease

1 June 2020, 10:06 | Updated: 1 June 2020, 12:33

EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Thousands of eager shoppers have queued outside IKEA in Warrington as the Swedish furniture chain reopens as coronavirus lockdown measures start to ease.

IKEA is set to reopen today after temporarily closing when the nation went into lockdown due to coronavirus.

LBC News visited the branch in Warrington where around 1,000 people were queuing ahead of the 10am opening time.

Customers to the store will be asked to stick to strict new rules when its 19 stores reopen.

New safety measures have been introduced as well as reduced opening hours.

The furniture chain has asked that all shoppers come into stores alone with the only exceptions being if customers need special assistance or need to bring their children with them.

Ikea Reopens Stores In England And Northern Ireland As Coronavirus Lockdown Eases
Ikea Reopens Stores In England And Northern Ireland As Coronavirus Lockdown Eases. Picture: Getty
The store has brought in strick queuing measures
The store has brought in strick queuing measures. Picture: LBC News

The store has also introduced a strict queuing system in place to manage entry into the store.

Staff and signage will be helping customers stick to social distancing guidelines inside the shop.

Hand sanitisers will be stationed throughout the store, as will new protective screens at key points such as checkouts.​

Alison from Wigan told LBC News she knew the store opened at 10am so she wanted to get there early. She said she had recently redecorated her kitchen so needed to visit the store to get some essentials.

An IKEA spokesman said: "We’re excited to announce that from 1st June we will be welcoming you back to our IKEA stores in England and Northern Ireland.​

"​Of course, the safety of our customers and co-workers remains the highest priority so we have been working hard to welcome you back safely. ​

"We’ve introduced new measures so you can enjoy a safe and comfortable shopping experience.​

"So we hope to be saying a socially-distanced ‘hej’ to you soon.

Thousands joined the queue outside IKEA in Warrington
Thousands joined the queue outside IKEA in Warrington. Picture: LBC News

IKEA will be open from 10am to 8pm Monday to Saturday.

On Sunday, it will be open from 11am to 5pm.

The queue in Warrington snaked around the entire car park
The queue in Warrington snaked around the entire car park. Picture: LBC News

Full list of stores

Croydon

Greenwich

Lakeside

Wembley

Tottenham

Norwich

Birmingham

Nottingham

Manchester

Warrington

Gateshead

Leeds

Sheffield

Milton Keynes

Reading

Southampton

Bristol

Exeter

Belfast

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